“I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.” (Romans 15:14)
In Christ all people are one. No one lords it over others; no one exercises absolute or dictatorial powers. Those who are first in the kingdom of God are those who serve Christ and His church. All work of Christ, who created for Himself a redeemed people. We can learn from every other Christian.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, today we lift up all the people of God, who seek to serve Christ in all that they do and no one is over another, nor seeks to be. They may come from all over the world, they may speak differing languages, they are people of differing races, genders but they all hear Him when He speaks. Our Father loves them all; Christ loves them all; we love each other along with our Creator and Savior. This we ask in Jesus’ name, our Lord and Savior. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“After all is said is done—there’s usually more said than done.”
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.” (1st Corinthians 3:16-17)
The church is a collective group of believers can be called God’s Temple. This applies the Old Testament experience of the Temple as the place where God lived and met His people to the New Testament church, a group of believers with various geographical locations. God cannot be located geographically, but he can be represented personally by a member in whom the Spirit lives. Members have a sacred duty to live as God directs and protect the unity of God’s temple. Members who sow dissension and discord in the church must take seriously God’s threat of destruction.
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:19-22)
“God’s people” can be literally translated “saints” (Greek – hagiol). Christ established a new kingdom with the new citizenship requirements. No race of people have a natural advantage. All citizens of the kingdom are equal. (See note on Rom. 1:7). The church is founded on the eyewitness testimony of the apostles, now preserved in the New Testament. Jesus is the cornerstone holding all believers together. He empowers believers to serve with other believers in the church and develop together to be His holy people.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.” (Luke 10:16)
Beloved, the Church continues Jesus’ ministry and receives the same reactions He did. To reject the church’s message of God’s kingdom in Christ is to reject God and His salvation. This is no misstatement beloved. The message of the Church is a continuation of Jesus’ message; therefore if you reject the message, you also reject Him, and you reject the Father who sent Him to bring salvation to the world.