What Kind of Foundation Do YOU Have?

We build our lives on all kinds of foundations. Jesus spoke of those who build their lives on the sand, a life that has no permanent foundation. He contrasted that with one who built their lives on a solid foundation. The one who built on the sand had all kinds of problems in life. The one who built on the right foundation (Jesus) enjoyed the blessings of God.

The song, “I’ll Put Jesus First In My Life” in verse one tells us about that to a Christian, that “the world all about me has now no allure.” What this means that once we put on the Lord Jesus in baptism we change “kingdoms.” Paul told the Colossian Church that Christians have been conveyed out of a kingdom of darkness into a kingdom of light ruled by the Lord Jesus. We are now in the marvelous “light of the Gospel” and now have the privilege to help other find the light of Jesus.

He further reminds Christians that worldly wisdom is vain. The last phrase of verse one gives great comfort to the believer. It reads as follows, “I seek a foundation that’s steadfast and sure, I’ll put Jesus first in my life.” We sings song: “The Church’s One Foundation Is Jesus Christ, Her Lord…” We can be confident that our foundation, the Lord Jesus will always be there for us. Praise the Lord!

-Larry Miles; larrymiles@insightbb.com

We Are ‘Citizens of Heaven.”

“For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which we eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus,” (Phil. 3:20).

We thank God that the Holy Spirit inspired the writers of the Bible to write in terms that we can understand. Most of us are familiar with the word “citizenship.” We understand that we are citizens of the United States of America. We are “Americans.” We further understand that this right has many responsibilities and duties as well as privileges. We are to obey the Laws of the land.

The Apostle Paul’s use of the word “citizenship” in Phil. 3:20 has great importance for us in a spiritual way. Since we are “in Christ,” and therefore, a Christian, we have certain responsibilities and privileges.

The Lord Jesus instructed us: “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” We have a repsponsibility to our King. Christians make up the Kingdom of God in this present age. This means that we are to claim all the benefits of citizenship. The New Testament is our Constitution. On its pages we find out how to live for the Lord of Glory.

In Phil 3:20 we’re portrayed as “eagerly waiting for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” This means that while we are giving Christ the honor and obedience He deserves, we are to be living our lives in expectation of the reurn of the Lord Jesus. Do you believe that He coould come today? If not, then you better change your attitude. Live as if He would come day. But also be active for Him and steadfast in your service.

Waiting For The Lord’s return

Jesus is coming again! We have His promise in John 14:1-6, the testimony of the angels in Acts 1:9-11 and many other promises in the rest of the New Testament.

In I Thes. 1:9-10 the Apostle Paul commends the church at Thessalonica for their service to the Lord. He recounts in I Thes. 1:9 their journey from idolatry to serving Jesus. He further states that they were a serving congregation. Since we serve the “living and true God,” Since he could come at any moment—we must be ready at all times—we must be active in His work at all times. We must put our faith into action. We must be seeking the lost and striving to strengthen the saved. Mission work and evangelism does not stop with conversion—the more we learn about Jesus and His Church and the Word of God—we will be mission minded.

Jesus has told us to be waiting and watching for the time he will come back for us. But we must not be idle; we must as the song goes, “we’ll work ‘till Jesus comes.” Some in the New Testament were condemned because they were not active in the Lord’s service while waiting for His coming. That must never be said of us. We will be rescued from the wrath to come (I Thes. 1:10), so let’s allow Jesus to equip us for service. He has provided much for us if we will only appropriate it. Let’s always seek to reach the lost and strengthen the saved!

-Larry Miles, Louisville, KY larrymiles@insightbb.com