READ 1 Corinthians 3:10-15
“… fire will test the quality of each person’s work.”
- 1 Corinthians 3:13b (NIV)
While trail-running along the ridgeline of a nearby mountain, I encountered the remains of a building destroyed by fire many years earlier. All that survived was the brown sandstone foundation. That got me to thinking ... What have I done that will last?
1 Corinthians 3:10-15 refers to the Bema Judgement, during which the believer’s life will be evaluated by our Lord Jesus Christ. Good works having eternal value will be rewarded, while good works having only temporal value will be burned up, although the believer himself will be saved. (Of course, we do not earn our way into heaven by performing good works, as is made clear in Ephesians 2:8-10, but we perform them out of our love for God and others.)
The heavens and the earth, and everything in them, will one day be burned up and replaced by a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1). Therefore, these things have only temporal value.
Daniel 12:2 states, “Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt” (NIV, italics mine). Therefore, the only things of our world that have eternal value are human souls.
What can we do to ensure the quality of our good works survive the fire of God’s judgement? Focus on what’s eternal – people. Invest in one-on-one discipleship relationships in which the Bible is the foundation and Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Who is God calling me to pour my life into?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please help us to prepare for the day we meet you, and not leave empty-handed.
Rick Stockwell (Connecticut)
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