Are you building your life on the foundation of Jesus? Will you be found committed and following the Lord on the day Jesus comes? The Lord promises there will always be a remnant of his followers to carry on his name until that last day: will you be counted in?
16 Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name.
17 “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. 18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.
1 “Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them. 2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. 3 Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty.
4 “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.
5 “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”
Malachi 3:16-18, 4:1-6
There will be a remnant. Always a remnant. Although the people of God sometimes ebb and flow with the world and we allegiance to the Saviour God, the Lord will always maintain a remnant of his true followers to carry on his name.
They will be the treasured possession of God on the day of his coming. Will you and I be counted as part of the remnant?
It will not be pleasant for those who are arrogant on that day – those who pursue evil and their own wicked ways will not perform well in the fires of the refiner’s furnace. And we see this in the words of Paul also in 1Corinthians 3:
11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
As your work is revealed with fire, will it be found to have been built upon the foundation of Jesus, or will you suffer loss as one who is barely saved through the flames?
Malachi prophecies that Elijah, the prophet of old, will come before this day – sent one more time as a messenger of God. John the Baptist was this Elijah, making the straight for the Lord (Matthew 11:14).
In other words, we have been warned. We have been called. We have been offered the opportunity to follow Jesus as those who would be called the remnant of God.
What is your response? Will you build your life on the foundation of Jesus? Will you be found committed and following the Lord on that day?