Posted by: SandreS | December 9, 2009

God’s Outsiders: The Called-Out Ones (A Biblical Look at God’s Ecclesia), Part 37

Belonging

Most of us have a built-in desire to “fit in.” We have a deep-seated desire to “belong” – and not just to anything – but to belong to something significant, something respectable, something big!

However, the fact is, we already belong to something! Something that is not of this world. Something that is apart from the religious and world systems. It is something that is eternal and heavenly – it is the church, the Body of Christ.

As we have already seen, from the world view, God has chosen things that are foolish, weak, base and despised. So we must always keep in mind that there are two conflicting viewpoints. Let’s not allow ourselves to be pressured by the religious and world systems. Let’s not be pressured into abandoning God’s assessment of things. Let’s not be drawn into the world’s mutual admiration societies!

High Esteem

In His ministry to Israel while on earth, the Lord Jesus Christ pointed out a profound and significant truth:

You are they who justify yourselves before men; but God knows your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God (Luke 16:15).

We would do well to ponder this in our hearts.

True Success

Sometimes it is hard for us to estimate real value. The problem occurs because there are two viewpoints: the human and the divine. How do we measure real success? All true success will be determined at the Judgment Seat of Christ!

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 has done, whether it is good or bad (II Corinthians 5:10).

On the other side of this life things will not appear as they do here.

Moreover it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not my own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but He Who judges me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, Who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts, and then shall every man have praise of God (I Corinthians 4:2-5).

If all this is true (and it is!), then we should live our lives with a celestial view. It is only through this view – the divine viewpoint – that we are able to build that which has true success.

While we look not at the things which are seen, but the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal (II Corinthians 4:18).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2000, 2009

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