11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw-
13 each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. - 1 Corinthians 3:11-13
The Day in this verse isn’t just any ordinary day, it’s referring to the Judgement Day - the day you will stand in front of God and give an account of your life. I’ve never spent a substantial amount of time in scripture about Judgment Day, largely because it has always made me uncomfortable. I am way more comfortable meditating on verses about the glory of our God, or those that show me how to love my life for Christ, but the verses that remind me about the day I will stand before God in judgment makes me want to turn the page. The thought of standing before our God and having to give an account of all that I’ve done wrong in my life, to review the things I am ashamed of, to look at the way I have failed to love others, the ways I have lived for me and not for Him, can leave me feeling hopeless, so I have a tendency to push those thoughts out of my mind. I know my sins have been forgiven by the death of Jesus on the cross, so I know I will be able to stand before our God and my sins will be covered, but to think about reviewing what I’ve done wrong in my life generally has me moving past these scriptures. It has motivated me not to do as much wrong because I don’t want to have more to give an account for, but ultimately, these verses leave me feeling despair.
I’ve had it wrong all these years. The lightbulb went on this weekend as we dove into this scripture. The reality is I never spent much time in these passages, certainly not enough for Him to help me understand my misunderstanding. Judgment Day isn’t about condemnation at all, it’s about our reward. Judgment Day is about all that we’ve done for the glory of God, it’s about what we’ve done with our life with what He has given us, it’s about the good in our life.
What we’ve done wrong has already been forgiven - those things will not be discussed on Judgment Day. This verse tells us that those things will be burned up in the fire, and what is left will be what has been done in the name of God. Every hateful word we have spoken, every selfish act, every shameful moment - it’s all gone. We don’t have to give an account for the sin in our life because it will all be gone.
What remains is what is true and honorable - this is what we will give an account for on Judgment Day. This new understanding has completely changed my perspective on how I live my life.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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