保羅曾說，我們的工作如同建造房屋，先立根基，而後在上面建造。教會惟一的根基，就是基督。有了根基以後，就當注意如何在上面建造；用甚麼材料在上面建造，草木禾秸或是金銀寶石。金礦銀礦都要經過火的煉淨，而各樣的寶石也要經過極大的壓力才會形成。同樣的要有主寶石般的生命品格，也要經過一段試驗。所以當我們正經歷一些生活痛苦的壓力，真是應當感謝讚美主，是祂美好的工作將要作在我們身上! 「他使我的靈魂甦醒，為自己的名引導我走義路。 我雖然行過死蔭的幽谷，也不怕遭害，因為你與我同在；你的杖，你的竿，都安慰我。 在我敵人面前，你為我擺設筵席；你用油膏了我的頭，使我的福杯滿溢。」
I believe many of us must experience many different spiritual warfare and tests in the journey of life. Thank the Lord, no matter what kind of test, and we benefit from it. It is prepared for His beloved children by Lord, in order to build up the quality of our lives. “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Due to the impurities of life to be flawless, and the wild branches to be cut out, must be painful, but in James 1:12, the Lord has promised us, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” We will receive the crown of life after enduring the test! No better than this reward! To ground everything will pass away, but only the crown of life can be taken to heaven, only life can persist and glorify the Lord. Lord told me that we are His works and His kingdom is in us. He will work in each of us, to make our lives show such as jewel-like brilliance, which is a reflection of the glory of Lord. His value is our life, not the size of the external ministry. All of the ministry is to fulfill God’s will that our lives are able to be constructed to become mature brides, because He loves us, and desire us forever with Him in eternity live. Hallelujah!
Paul said, we work like building a house, the foundations first, then the above construction. Only the foundation of the Church, which is Christ. With the foundation, we need to attention to how the above construction, and built above what materials, wood, hay and stubble or gold and silver gem. Gold and silver need to go through the process of the fire of refining, and all sorts of gems should be formed only after a great pressure. The same have the gems like life character of the Lord, have to take a test. So when we are going through some life pain or pressure, really should be grateful to praise the Lord. “He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. “
When the wild is all around us, we have to believe that His grace is sufficient for us. May we are able to enjoy the cup of blessing from the Lord in His grace in front of the enemy! May the Lord’s promises, like songs singing in our heart always, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”
(1 Corinthians 3:8-15)
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 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.
If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.