Ministerial Alliance Program- KLMX

Focusing on Eternity- Part 4

September 2012

Bryan Kimsey

1st Baptist Church, Des Moines, NM

Welcome to the Ministerial Alliance program on KLMX radio. Iím talking this week about eternal things vs the temporal things of the world. As some of you know, my 11-year old son, David, died this past Memorial Day. Something like that kind of gets your attention and Iíve found myself thinking a lot about the value of the things we do while here on earth. Many passages in the Bible state the fact that weíll be held accountable for actions and that some of the things we do with have eternal value while others do not. Other passages state that manís purpose for life is to glorify God. Weíre all going to die at some time or another and I, for one, donít want to look back at my life and see nothing of eternal significance. Iíd like to know that I used my time wisely. This is what Iíve been thinking about and with Godís blessing, weíll explore this theme again today.

First, letís look at various passages that deal with this topic. Hereís the one from 1 Corinthians that Iíve been using a lot this week:

1 Corinthians 3:10-15 NKJV According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. (11) For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (12) Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, (13) each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. (14) If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. (15) If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

Youíll note that the first thing Paul does here is give glory to God when he says "according to the grace of God which was given to me..." Secondly, note that there is no other foundation than Jesus Christ. If we build on any other foundation, we build upon shifting sands. Finally, note that some works will withstand the fire and reward the builder, while others will not. I want to know- what kind of works will stand?

John tells us some things that will not stand:

1 John 2:15-17 NKJV Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16) For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not of the Father but is of the world. (17) And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

The lust of the flesh and of the eyes and the pride of life are not of God but of the world and John says that the world is passing away. Paul tells us in Galatians about some more of the works of the flesh:

Galatians 5:19-21 NKJV Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, (20) idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, (21) envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

If we build upon our foundation with these things, they will be burned up. Galatians has this to tell us:

Galatians 5:22-26 NKJV But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (24) And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (25) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (26) Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Itís clear from other passages that there must fruit of the Spirit present in a believerís life. Jesus tells us plainly in Matthew 7 that every tree that does not bear good fruit is cast into the fire. The fruit of the Spirit, then, is as Paul says in Galatians 5:

Galatians 5:22-26 NKJV But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (24) And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (25) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (26) Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Our job as Christians is to "crucify the flesh". In other words, donít give in to the works of the flesh that we just listed: "adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred" and so forth. Fight against those things.

Furthermore, though, we should give God thanks for everything in our lives at all times, just as Paul did when he said "according to the grace of God which was given meÖ" Here are some more of Paulís exhortations:

 

1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Colossians 3:17 NKJV And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Colossians 3:23-24 NKJV And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, (24) knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

So, as you go about your day, praise God constantly in your heart. Give thanks for everything, including the trials and tribulations that we must go thru. As James and Peter both tell us:

James 1:2-3 NKJV My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, (3) knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

1 Peter 1:6-9 NKJV In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, (7) that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ...

According to them, trials test our faith and prove its genuineness. There are many kinds of works that will withstand the fire of testing, but it seems to me that whatever they are, they must be done for Godís glory. That was Solomonís conclusion at the end of Ecclesiastes:

Ecclesiastes 12:13 NKJV Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all.

Well, thereís our charge or our task; build wisely upon the foundation of Jesus Christ. If you are young, I urge you to keep this goal in sight and work toward it. If youíre older and are hearing this message for the first time, take heart- itís never to late to start working on your building. Better to get some reward than none at all. Lastly, donít think that you have all the time in the world to do this. My sonís life was cut off at a mere 11 years old. No man knows his time.

James 4:13-14 NKJV Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; (14) whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

1 Peter 1:24 NKJV because "ALL FLESH IS AS GRASS, AND ALL THE GLORY OF MAN AS THE FLOWER OF THE GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERS, AND ITS FLOWER FALLS AWAY,

Job 14:1-2 NKJV "Man who is born of woman Is of few days and full of trouble. (2) He comes forth like a flower and fades away; He flees like a shadow and does not continue.

Ephesians 5:15-16 NKJV See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, (16) redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

This is our life on earth, under the sun. For those on the foundation of Jesus Christ, however, there is a different story.

John 3:16 NKJV For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 5:24-25 NKJV "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. (25) Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.

Those on the foundation of Jesus Christ have this to look forward to:

Revelation 21:4-5 NKJV And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." (5) Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful."

Those on the foundation of Jesus Christ have hope:

Romans 5:1-5 NKJV Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (2) through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (3) And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; (4) and perseverance, character; and character, hope. (5) Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

And this hope gives us peace, as Jesus describes:

John 14:27 NKJV Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

These are the things Iíve thought about since David died. Yes, there are moments of sorrow and loss, but among those moments are more moments of great hope, of trust, and of faith. My prayer for you is that you will be placed on the foundation that is Jesus Christ and from there, build great works that will glorify God Almighty and last for all eternity. As you go thru your days, ask yourself, each and every moment, "am I building on the foundation?"

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