Practical Godly Living Requires Kingdom Mastery
- Date: September 7, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)
- From Built By God
One of the most dangerous things a fellowship like us can do is begin to trust in our own strength, in our own wisdom. We need to let God be the daily builder of our lives and of our community. Take heed how you build thereon. Take heed that you don't put yourself before Jesus when it comes to leading your family. You had better come to grips with the fact that you don't know, men, what's best for your wives. Jesus does. You don't know what's best for your children. Jesus does. And you sure don't know what's best for yourself because you've proven that for a long time. Let Him build the house. Rest in it. Be confident in where He has you right now. Stop kicking yourself for your failures. Realize, as we shared in our previous session, that before God can build, He has to tear down, doesn't He? So there's no other foundation then that can be laid than that which is laid and that's Jesus Christ.
It's exciting, then, to not only be a part of helping one another, but realizing that these same principles in First Corinthians, Chapter 6 apply to us, the temple of God. We're the temple of the Holy Ghost. But in this same revelation that the apostle's given us by the Holy Spirit, we come into some other revelation that says we're not our own. "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Corinthians 6:20). Part of this building process comes with a realization that-not doctrine-the realization that we're not our own. We have no right choosing our own courses, justifying our own vision and course that we've set based upon prejudices of dreams as young people, the acceptance of what those people that are our enemies say is success. I want to be careful as I draw lines of demarcation that they're biblical lines, because I know that I can be just as, probably more so, prejudiced in my own opinions as anybody.
We should be concerned when the world considers us to be one of their own . When they laud us. I'm talking about in the workforce. Let me just give an illustration. In the workforce, young men come up to us and say, "I want to be just like you." Wouldn't you rather hear that from young men in here talking about your spiritual life? "Well, you know I've been able to pull it off and I get that in both arenas. They want to be just like me in the world and they want to be just like me in the church." Did you ever think about the fact that maybe you're double-minded that you're not a master in one? Did that ever enter your mind or did you just think that you were the exception? Take heed how you build this thing in your own personal life and this community because we know the wisdom of God is foolishness with man, isn't it? If we're out living in kingdom wisdom, we must be seen as fools by the world. "Well, Pastor, are you saying we can't be successful in our vocation?" I'm not saying that at all. I'm saying they ought to be whispering and saying, "You wouldn't believe that guy over there. When he was offered advancement, and all he had to do was move to this place or work these many more hours, he said, 'I'm not doing it.' He just keeps throwing the windows open and praying to his God that isn't X Corporation. I don't know how it works but he keeps getting promoted and he doesn't bow to their altars." I'm not saying that you can't be successful. I'm saying you can't be one of the boys. Everybody shouldn't be comfortable hanging with you. "Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God" (James 4:4). How pure, how clear, is that line of demarcation? I just quoted two scriptures that make it fairly clear, don't they, but how do we walk that out? How does this happen in the real world? How does this doctrine get real? By doing it and watching the world's response. By doing it and watching God's response.