Cut Out Of A Rock

June 15, 2015

                                        Cut Out Of A Rock

“Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged” (Isaiah 51:1).

Our background leaves a deep impression on our character.  Fortunate is the one who comes from a good background.  A good background speaks of those whose parents were a good example and who worked hard to instill good moral principles in their children.  More and more parents are failing in that. (See articles under “Christian home.”)  A believer’s background has much influence over the kind of Christian he or she will be.

The believer who comes from a bad background has a lot to overcome.  He has to get victory over bad habits and bad attitudes.  If he doesn’t make an effort to overcome these he will never be a model Christian.  He will be overcome by sin.

It is exciting to read testimonies of Christians who came from a bad background, but they gained the victory over their old ways and lived a consistent Christian life.  It is even more exciting if we come to know them personally; even more so if we knew them before they became a Christian.  Those who gained the victory over a bad background can look back with great satisfaction at the rock from which they were cut out and the horrible pit from which they were delivered.

I have read in I Kings chapter six about how they built Solomon’s temple.  It says that every stone used in the temple was cut to size at the rock quarry.  We aren’t cutout that way.  We have lots of rough edges that need to be trimmed off.  God has a lot of work to do with some of us to bring us to spiritual maturity.  He does it if we are willing to let him do his work in our lives.  Philippians 1:6 says, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

That which is most lamentable is to see some who came from a good background, but instead of getting better they yielded to selfish desires and turned from God.  Some even had parents who were believers who had great hopes for them.  They are grieved to see them go the wrong way.  Some have made a profession of being born again, but there is no outward manifestation that it is genuine.  The day will come when they will pay a high price for their rebellion.

Those who come from a bad background, but prevail and won the victory over the flesh and the devil prove that it can be done.  They leave nominal Christians without excuse for their shallow Christian life.  The unsaved will be judged at the great white throne.  Hebrews 10:31 says, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”  The negligent Christian will stand before the judgment seat of Christ and lament that he didn’t follow the Lord more faithfully.  II Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”  This judgment isn’t to determine whether or not they will go to heaven.  That depends on whether they have accepted Christ’s sacrifice on their behalf.  This judgment is to determine what rewards, if any they will receive in heaven.

God wants to manifest his power by cutting you out of a rock. He isn’t finished yet.  If you let him do his work in you, it will be to his glory,  and to your advantage.  When God shows you his will, be quick to obey.

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