If Jonah could talk – 2

1 Cor 10.31 b

On yesterday, we were answering the question of what we as believers should be doing while we wait for Jesus’ return by looking at:

1 Corinthians 10:31, “So whether, therefore, ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do it all to the glory of God.”

Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

We are commanded to bring the Father glory in the all of life. This means that we image forth God’s beauty and the excellence of His manifold perfections. Our lives are to continually reveal something about God’s person, God’s nature, and acknowledge the priority God has in our lives.

When we place that description of glorifying God – revealing God’s beauty and excellence, His person, His nature and acknowledging His priority in our lives in the previous two verses, we hear God saying: When at work, in the grocery store, at play, when you’re sick, disappointed, joyous, bereaved- reveal My person, reveal My nature, acknowledge My priority in your life. Whatsoever you do, do all so My light shines before others and My glory is revealed.

When you interact with your children, your spouse, your boss, friends, your enemy, reveal My person, My nature, acknowledge the priority I have in your life – be the light and the salt of the earth in a dark and dying world. Whatsoever you do, do all for My glory even when love turns cold.

It leads to this question: is everything that you and I are doing and saying showcasing Christ to others? Tough question, so I will type it again. “Does everything you do and say allow others to see Jesus?” You say come on Pat, everything? Nobody’s perfect. Well yeah, including me, but the question doesn’t address perfect but practice. What is your practice for life? There will be a stumbles along the way. But what is your heart’s intent and motive? Is it to make Jesus famous? Is your worldview Bible-centered which means Christ-centered or self-centered? Do your words and actions draw others to Christ or to yourself? Is your purpose God’s glory or your own?

It’s worth pondering and asking God like David did in Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”

I wonder about Jonah, did he ask God to examine his heart and thoughts before the Nineveh assignment came? Perhaps if he had, he would have been better prepared to reflect God’s glory. If only Jonah could talk, I believe we could learn from his experience.

Let me share this example. My mom has gone to glory but before the privilege of living in glory with Jesus, she lived in a mobile home. The time came that decisions needed to made about what to do with what she left behind as we can’t take stuff with us when we leave here. The only thing we get to take is the “whatsoever in My Name…remember My beauty, My excellence, My person, My nature, My priority in your life.” So the trailer stayed here.

It was old and not in good condition so we decided to demolish it. It was so interesting to stop by during the different stages of demolition. On the first visit, it was sitting there as it always had been but stripped of every bit of metal and the windows were knocked out. On the visit, every wall, door, and piece of wood was heaped in a pile waiting to be burned. The next trip, everything had been burned to ashes with only a small trail of smoke left.

When I was in the eighth grade, our house caught on fire and that brand new mobile home is where we eventually landed as a family. We thought we had a lot as it represented life and new beginnings. In the spiritual, that mobile home represents the true believer in Jesus Christ. The new life and beginning we have been given. 2 Cor. 5:21 says that at the moment we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we became new creatures in Christ, the old has gone and the new has come. Our salvation is complete and Jesus lives in our hearts. Because He lives in us, we now possess what it takes to fulfill, “whatsoever you do, do it all for My glory.”

As I stood and looked at the ashes of that mobile home, I saw the believer’s life and work. The Spirit of God brought 1 Corinthians 3:11-13 to my heart and mind: “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.”

The home couldn’t stand the test. Ashes were all that was left but we weren’t surprised, we knew the it wouldn’t. But what about you and me – will our work as believers stand the test? You see there is a day of accounting for every man and we need to live on purpose so there will be no surprises. As Christians, we won’t be judged to see if we are going to heaven or hell. We chose heaven when we asked Jesus to be our Lord and Savior and no amount of ash can take it from us.

But we must stand before God and answer, ‘what did you do with the new life, the new beginning I gave you in Christ’?

Don’t be deceived, there will be a day of accounting:
Romans 14:12, KJV, “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
New Living, “Yes, each of us will have to give a personal account to God.”
Hebrews 4:13, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
Matthew 12:36-37, “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Truly God is not a man that He should lie, our “whatsoever we do’s” are going to be tested and judged. It begs the question – will there be ashes or will we hear, “well done good and faithful servant”?

1 Corin 3.11 A

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