Good, or Not So Good

2 Co 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.                KJV

Following up on the previous passage, this one speaks plainly to our own life as believers–not the work of ministers (see previous entry).

We will surely be judged for the deeds done in the body, therefore we should pay attention to what it is that we do. It is not enough to just go blythely or blindly through our days jwithout an awareness of what we are doing. Yet this is exactly the case with so many in our day. Conscious living, intentional living, is not on most people’s radar. Habit guides their almost every move. The routine of life can easily snuff out a constant awareness of contact and communion with the Father.

Pr 3:6
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.        KJV

Notice that this verse says all. ALL your ways. Everything you do. I don’t believe anything is excluded from “ALL.”

If you would like for your life to run a little smoother, try putting this into practice on a daily basis. First, tell the Lord that this is your desire, a place you want to change or improve in. Then, begin with your morning prayer and commit your day to the Lord. Then, each time you become aware of a shift in your daily activity, take a moment to acknowledge the Lord and ask for His guidance. (Then, send us the testimonies of how this is affecting yoru life.)

One of the first things you will notice as you begin this discipline is the number of times you are able to overcome a common temptation in your life. You will also notice how much more smoothly your days will go.

As this begins to take shape in your life, the idea of standing before the Lord for judgment of your deeds becomes exciting to contemplate. You will find that you are more and more walking closer with the Master, and ‘bad’ just doesn’t show up as often as it once did. You will then be able to distinguish between the good and the not so good, rather than just between god and bad.

Notice that this verse uses the word ‘bad’ instead of ‘evil’. The KJV makes this distinction, whereas some others do not. Bad is a much better choice for the word in this passage. Most of us have gone beyond deeds that would be considered evil. But, we may still be dealing with those that are bad. Bad for us, as too much sugar is bad for us; but sugar is not evil.

I believe this is the main reason that older Christians find themselves in a coasting position with the Lord. The blatantly evil things have been done away with in their lives, but they fail to see that the Lord wants it all. He will deal with every vestige of the flesh if we but give Him the opportunity.

It makes for an exciting life.

Solid Foundation

1 Co 3:11-15
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.                                                                                                                                 KJV

This passage is usually taken to apply to our own life and what we do with it in the Lord. It is important that we pay attention to what we are doing with the gifts God has given us. But this passage does not directly address our individual walk with God.

Paul is writing about the work he has done among the Corinthians. He laid the foundation (v. 10). The foundation of all our endeavors is Jesus Christ. Any other foundation is built upon shifting sand and is destined to fail. Our hope is built on nothing less than the blood of Jesus. Make sure your foundation is solid.

Ps 11:3
 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?        KJV

Paul is addressing the work that we do with others. Each of us should be working with at least one other person, helping them to grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(You are discipling someone, aren’t you?)

Make sure that you are building something that will last, that will stand the test of fire. Our denominational doctrines about the right way to be baptized, or to take communion, or to get raptured, or any of the other things we rely on to make us different from other Christians will not help us or our disciples stand in the day of adversity.

Here’s the SHOCKER: when that person falls because the work was not solid, you are held accountable!

In an age of “no-fault” religion, that is not welcome news. I didn’t say that. It’s in the Bible. Read the passage for yourself.

No. Build something solid. Build upon the Word of God. Build upon the promises of God. Build upon the commands of the Lord. Teach people how to overcome the problems in their life. Teach them how to get control fo their anger. Teach them how to handle their finances. Teach them how to be good parents. Teach them how to be a good spouse. Teach them how to handle their business in a godly manner. Teach them how to be godly in all that they say, think, or do.

Teach them all that the Lord commanded us (Matt. 28:20).

Don’t forget to teach yourself at the same time.