“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s 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.”
At Cornerstone Christian Fellowship of Redmond, Oregon, we recognize the challenges of living a Christian life in today’s world. On the one hand, we have our relationship with the Lord through fellowship with His Spirit and all that entails. At the same time we must live in this world, which is constantly warring against us. This warring may cause us to be exhausted, beaten down, and wounded. Despite this, we must continue to walk out our lives in front of others in a way that shows forth God’s love and character through us, giving it relevance to those around us, as well as glorifying God’s Kingdom.
God’s answer to this is . . .
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and You will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”
1 Peter 5:10
“And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.”
God’s desire is for each of us to be whole and healthy in all areas of our life. His presence is here in such a way that brings rest to the weary, refreshing to the down-
Our healing and restoration come through relationship with Him. Relationship brings to light areas in us that have not been given over to Him to be Lord of our life, and when we allow Him to transform those areas, we can walk in a greater likeness of Christ.
Fear is the thing we face when we get tired, injured, or stale in our relationship with the Lord. Fear destroys intimacy. But I want to encourage you by saying, “It is our Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom.” (Luke 12:32) That means that God has given us everything we need to live this life and walk in righteousness. (2 Peter 1:3, Romans 8:32) Our growing relationship with Him causes us to be overcomers in this life.
As we experience God’s goodness, we build a bond of trust with Him. Through that bond of trust we can face anything the world throws at us. Within the family of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, our heart’s desire is to see that same style of trust grow between each member. None of these experiences can be achieved without love. “Perfect love drives out fear.”
(1 John 4:18)