Have you ever run across a verse that made you say,”What???” Hahaha…. well, I said that the first time when I read the story of the talking donkey in Leviticus or somewhere in the very beginning of the Old Testament. Just now in the Starbucks of Downtown Franklin, TN, I just came across another verse. This is what I saw right at first:
“You are God’s field, God’s building.” (1 Corinthians 3:9)
While both statements are really insightful, I especially liked the second half of that verse–that we are God’s building. Here’s what the rest of that passage says:
“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:10-11).”
The reason why I liked this passage so much was because it shows just how much we all have an influence on one another. Paul states that he laid the foundation of Jesus Christ in the lives of church members of Corinth, and others build upon that foundation. Since it is you and me, though, that are building upon this foundation, we certainly have to be careful! Naturally, we are sinful and inexperienced when it comes to building spiritual houses, especially since we are still being built ourselves!
Not only are we just any building, though. We are God’s temple! (1 Corinthians 3:16) Woah! We should definitely be careful now in how we are being built since we are His temple.
My challenge for you today is to think of yourself as God’s temple that is still under construction. Who will you allow to lay each brick of your spiritual house? How will you construct the walls or framework of the spiritual house of one of your friends or family members?
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Phil Wickham–“Yours Alone”
Lord You are the anchor
Refuge in the storm
Your words are wisdom
Shining in the dark
I hear Your voice on the water
I feel Your touch in the wind
Your above and beneath me
Surround my heart again
And I know that You are good
God I know that all You do is good
So I put my life in Your hands
I’m Yours alone, I’m Yours alone
Surrender, Lord I raise my hands
To You alone, to You alone
Lord Your voice guides me
So Tell me what to do
Your heart it drives me
To follow after You
Do you ever feel like there is just not enough time in one day?
As you can tell by the last day that I posted, I have been extremely busy! It seems as if I am literally up with the sunrise each morning and back in my bed around 11. Between that time frame of sunrise and past sunset, I often find myself saying, “There’s so much to do and so little time!” Before I know it, the day has past just like every other. Weeks have turned into months, and I look at a calendar to realize that summer is past its halfway mark.
If you find yourself in the same place as me saying, “Oh no! Time is flying, and I don’t have enough to get everything done that I need to,” then stop for just a moment. Sit still for 30 seconds and experience just how slowly time moves when you actually sit still. Isaiah 30:15 says,
“In return and in rest, you shall be saved. In quiet and in trust shall be your strength.”
Our problem is never that we don’t have enough time in a day; our problem is that we don’t have enough time of RESTING in God in our day. In order to truly rest in His peace, we may have to admit that we’re not superman or superwoman. This is okay, though! God wants us to rely on Him for every single thing that we need. Returning and resting in Him is what saves us, and being quiet and trusting Him is what gives us strength.
Are you feeling as though there’s not enough time in a day? That’s when you know that it’s time to rest in God.