If something is a priority, we put it first on our list. 1 Corinthians 1:30 says that “Christ is the wisdom of God.” If we know Christ as our personal Savior, we have the wisdom of God within us.
-Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” There are plenty of people in this town and in this nation and in this world that have no fear of God, whatsoever. What does that tells us about their wisdom?
-The word Fear means reverence, awe, and respect. The book of Hebrews says that “we can boldly approach the throne of grace and find mercy and help in our time of need.” That does not sound as if we have to cower down before God.
-The people who do not fear God are called foolish in this book. This does not mean they do not have an education. They may have a PhD and still be called a fool by God. Someone has said “All knowledge apart from God is spiritual ignorance.”
-Education is important. I believe in it. I wanted my children to get as much of it as they could. However, the premium is on having the wisdom that comes from heaven.
-To fear the Lord is to know the Lord. Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. One cannot understand spiritual things until he knows Christ.
-Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
-A lost man has no spiritual discernment. “The natural man does not understand the things of the Spirit of God.”
-Have you made knowing Christ, the wisdom of God, the priority of your life?
Paul organized many churches and his interest in them never ceased. Some of the churches pleased him and some disappointed him. It seems that the church of Philippi was his favorite.
Philippians 4:1 says, "Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved."
Paul felt that the church of Philippi represented the crowning work of his life and of course it brought him the greatest joy.
There are some people in every church like these Philippian Christians. People the church couldn't do without.
I. The Church Couldn't Do Without Faithful People:
Revelation 2:10 teaches us to be faithful unto death. The Bible never commends anyone for being brilliant or great, but it does commend those of great faithfulness. People like Joseph, Ruth, Abraham, Esther, Moses and many others are commended for their faith.
II. The Church Couldn't Do Without Willing People:
Christians ought to be willing to do the work of the Lord. After everything that He has done for us, we have so much to be doing for Him.
III. The Church Couldn't Do Without People of Vision:
Proverbs 29:18 "Where there is no vision the people perish..." We need a vision. A vision to see the lost saved. We need a vision for our Sunday school classes, songs, van routes, ministries and the church as a whole.
IV. The Church Couldn't Do Without Optimistic People:
Some in the church say, "We can't do that" or "We shouldn't do that". The optimist says "God helping us, we will do it."
When we get saved the Holy Spirit comes and indwells in our lives. What a blessing to know that we carry the Holy Spirit of God with us everywhere we go! However, from that moment on something else wonderful takes place--the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in your life. Galatians 3:3 "Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?"
Once we belong to God , He has a strong desire to sanctify you. Sanctify means "to set apart".
The Holy Spirit does not stop after you get saved, now He is working to set you apart from the world.
Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begin a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ".
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you. continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love".
In John 15 we see three people mentioned, the Husbandman, the vine, and the branches. The Husbandman is the Father, He takes care of the vine and branches. The vine is Jesus Christ, He strengthens and feeds the branches. The branches are you and I as children of God. The branches rely on the vine for strength and power. The branches being connected to the vine means that the vine flows through and in the branches, because we as children of God are connected to Jesus that means that He flows through us and in us. The word "abide" is found 9 times in John 15. The word "abide" means "to dwell". God is not looking for someone who wants an occasional relationship with Him, He's looking for someone who wants to dwell in a relationship with Him. Just like the branches abide in the vine, their connected, we are to abide in a relationship with Jesus.
We cannot get by on just visiting the victorious Christian life, we need to live in it. Are you drawing closer in your relationship with Christ everyday? Are you a visitor or are you a dweller?