Week Twenty – Blue Plate Special

Monday

If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his works will be shown for what it is, because the DAY will bring it to light.  It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.  If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward.  If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames. 1 Corinthians 3:12-15

“Works”

The foundation of our building is Jesus Christ.  Works do not form the foundation of our relationship with God.  It is Jesus who bridges the gap between God and sinful man.  What we build on this foundation is the focus of this passage.  What we do with our redeemed life is the issue.  We no longer “have to” sin.  We have the power of the Holy Spirit to live a “holy life” – to act righteously.  God knows our hearts.  He can discern our motives.  Therefore, even if we deceive ourselves, God can rightly judge.  The important point is that some “DAY,” we will face the Lord and get our report card.  For Believers, this is not heaven versus hell, but it is a judgment of works done as a Believer.  This judgment will be pure.  Only excellent works will pass through the “consuming fire.”  We will be rewarded for the good works, but will suffer loss in a very real sense for the other works.

The application is clear.  We must determine our present behavior in light of future judgment.  Honestly assess your motives.  Do these things before you impulsively act.  Once you have acted, you cannot take it back.  It is a matter of RECORD!


Tuesday

Flee from sexual immorality.  All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.  Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought with a price.  THEREFORE, HONOR GOD WITH YOUR BODY. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20

“Sexual Purity”

One of the biggest lies that the world has to offer is that a person can have sexual relationships outside marriage and not be affected.  THIS IS NOT TRUE.  God designed male and female and states that sexuality according to His parameters is very good (see Genesis 1:27-31).  But intimate sexual love belongs within the security of the marriage relationship (see Genesis 2:18-25).  All of us desire the protection of a permanent relationship.  That is how we were created!

However, sex outside of marriage defeats God’s purposes for our sexuality and becomes destructive.  We are told that our bodies are “temples of the Holy Spirit.”  Secondly, we are not our own.  We were purchased with a price.  Therefore, we should adhere to God’s plan.

There is a choice to be made.  Will you align with the world’s standards or with God’s standards?  It is a matter of pride.  You must acknowledge that the Creator knows more about you than you do about yourself.  The world is about self-gratification and self-fulfillment.

God designed us for holiness, not sexual immorality.  “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” (1 Thessalonians 4:7).  Remember that the husband-wife relationship is to mirror Christ’s love for us!  Don’t tarnish this image.


Wednesday

No temptation has seized you accept what is common to man.  And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

“Common to Man”

Life is full of trial and tribulations.  We were never promised an easy life as a Christian.  It is through trials that our faith and character are tested.  It shows what we truly believe.  Through trials, we grow.  If we don’t grow, we become stagnant!  We will all get a “report card” from the Lord as we stand before Him some day (see 1 Corinthians 3:12-15).  We will be rewarded for the growth and maturity that occurred due to these trials.  Our failures (bad works) will be burned up and we will suffer loss.

God created us and He knows our needs.  He placed the Holy Spirit within us as a “deposit” (2 Corinthians 5:5) and also promises us that He will never allow us to endure a trial that we cannot handle.  WHAT A  BLESSING !!  Think on these things during your next trial.  God will protect you.  He loves us dearly!

Even in the darkest moments, He is with you.  God never sends you into a situation alone.  He has always gone before you and will provide “all that you need.”  Even in death, He has gone before you in triumph and will walk with you. (Psalm 23:4).  Let the promise of God’s sufficiency guard your heart.


Thursday

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in truth.  It always perseveres.  Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

“True Love”

The love that is portrayed on TV, the movie screen, the newest “steamy” novel, or the tabloid is not love according to 1 Corinthians 13.  The former is self-seeking, self-fulfilling love – or lust.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 defines “true love” both in theory and in action.  If you truly love someone, you will strive to define that love as above.  This is the type of love that Christ has for His church.  That is our example to follow!

This love is not self-seeking.  The other person is clearly the priority.  Note that it keeps no records: there is no list or remembrance of wrongs committed, favors performed, etc.  It always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres!  Let us love one another with true love as defined by 1 Corinthians 13.


Friday

Where, O Death is your victory?  Where, O Death is your sting?  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:55-58

“Victory”

Do you long to have the “odds” stacked in your favor?  Would you enjoy “a guaranteed win!”  In this game of life, we HAVE this assurance as God’s children.  We do not know what will happen along our journey, but we know that victory will be ours.  What a comfort – not even physical death can harm us because the ultimate victory has been sealed because of Jesus’ work on the Cross.

When times are difficult and “seemingly” unconquerable problems surround us, remember this promise: “When the clock runs out, we will be winners.”

#LIFE BEYOND DEATH

Lord Christ, I ask only that I might have the strength to endure what I must.  Lord Christ, I put my trust in you that you will grant me life beyond death. Saturinus, the Younger of Abitine