Daily Lenten Devotion Thursday, March 13

Thursday, March 13, 2014 – Psalm 102; Genesis 39:1-23; 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:15 and Mark 2:1-12

1 Corinthians 2:14-3:15 – 6I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. ….

10According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. 12Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw – 13the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. 14If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15If the work is burned up, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire.

The hymn, How Firm a Foundation, comes to mind this morning. It’s opening verse is;

“How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said—
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?”

Here’s a nice instrumental video of How Firm a Foundation with Rock of Ages.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YMtxD7N9ks

Here’s a link to a version by Michael Card.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ngxj_4MTK-Y

This hymn is attributed to several authors, one being John Keith (1787). I share that because John Keith is one who receives my daily devotion. Not the same person (of course) but maybe a relative.

Jesus Christ is our sure foundation. The apostles, including Paul, built upon this firm foundation and it has now been passed on to us. When one looks at church history, one discovers the highs and lows of our past. There were times the church fathers were too concerned with building their own kingdom instead of God’s kingdom. There were also times when God’s Spirit truly flowed through the church or parts of the church and many people were blessed.

Besides reminding me of the hymn, it reminds me of the children’s story about the three pigs. Here’s a video of this children’s story.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcq9lQk7yqc

My hope and prayer for today is that God use me, use us to continue His work of building upon this firm foundation and building with the spiritual materials that will endure.

Psalm 102 – 12  But you, O LORD, are enthroned forever;
your name endures to all generations. ….

25  Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
26  They will perish, but you endure;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You change them like clothing, and they pass away;
27       but you are the same, and your years have no end.

O God, I praise you for the firm foundation you have given us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Daily may we strive to build on this secure foundation. May Your Spirit be the building supervisor and help us build a structure that endures the test of time. Bless Your body the church and guide each part to work together for the good of glorifying you. Amen.

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