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Point of Reference

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. Ephesians 2:19-22 (NIV)

According to Merriam Webster “Point of Reference” is a fixed point, or a place or thing, that is used to judge or understand something.

I can remember numerous times in my own life where I questioned things. Where I was going, what was right and wrong. I at many points was faced with a valley of decision. I still am today. The verse below speaks of a time when God is judging the earth. Well what will He judge it by? God does not change nor does His word; His truths. The same point of reference that He uses, He gives us to live by. The word of God (Jesus) We have all the information we need to lead a successful life, it is up to us whether we use it or not.

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:14 

A lawyer uses a point of reference when conducting his questioning and procedures in court – The Law. In the Old Testament the people used the Mosaic law to conduct their lives. Moses was given a set of laws to guide the people. (Deuteronomy 4:4)

If you read further into the New Testament we find that like today, Law isn’t fool proof. It is changeable, things are added and taken away. (Deuteronomy 12:32) Innocent people are tortured and put away for crimes they do not commit because it is a faulty system.

Jesus came to do what the law could not. God does not change, nor does His word. Our point of reference is Jesus.

For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh. Romans 8:3

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? Numbers 23:19

If you find yourself in a valley of decision, now would be the time to ask God for help. Ask Him to reveal His word to you, as you pray and read. Eventually the answer you are looking for will become clear. God created the earth and all that is in it, including us! Who better to ask advice from?

O Sovereign LORD! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you! Jeremiah 32:17

The song “So Will I” by Hillsong, speaks about how nature and science follow the sound of His voice. With no point of reference he spoke to the dark and fleshed out the wonder of light. God has no point of reference, because He IS the point of reference for all things.

If creation knows to ask and obey God, why do we struggle so much? the birds of the air do not worry about what they will eat, God feeds them. (Matthew 6:26) How much more will He provide for us. We sometimes do not have because we do not ask. (James 4:3) we try everything else to dig ourselves out of our mistakes, usually making things worse, when we are blessed in that we can give our problems over to God, and let Him handle it. Do what you can do to the best of your ability, and then let go, and let God do the rest.

Sometimes we expect so much from the people around us. We blame our problems on others because we do not understand them and selfishly we naturally think our way is best. We are all uniquely created, so we cannot judge or compare one person against another. we all deal with things differently. You can sympathize and learn to appreciate others for their differences and what they bring to the plate. We are to love one another as Christ loved us. So our point of reference is Jesus love for us, that is what we measure by.

 We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 1 John 4:19-20

Love one another as you love yourself. (Mark 012:31) The Body of Christ is a very well knit masterpiece, when one part fails the other can hold up. If we all start fighting against one another, we fall apart.

And the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:23-27

We will always disagree with how others do things in the church or in our lives, but we must be careful not to judge, for we also have our own imperfections. (Matthew 7:3) Jesus is no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11).One person is not better than the other, we are just different and created that way for a reason. How else would we learn patience as well as all the other fruits of the spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23)We must be long suffering.

With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love. Ephesians 4:2

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith. Galatians 5:22 

If someone is doing something wrong, then you can edify and lift that person up, or leave them to God. To try and put them down may cause them not to trust you, and you lift yourself up instead. ( 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Romans 14).

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The main point is that as the Body of Christ if we all work together for a common goal, and are of the same point of reference – Jesus. He is the chief cornerstone that holds everything together. We will surely be successful in our efforts and in our lives if we keep our eyes on Him! (Hebrews 12:2) God Bless!

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