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 we stand before our Lord and Savior will be when the entirety of our lives is revealed. In those moments, we will give an account for everything we’ve done. Every one of our actions, all of our work, will be tested by fire. If it was the sort of work that is done to promote ourselves, it will burn. If the work was done for the kingdom, with a pure heart and motive, it will remain.
It won’t be a day of condemnation or shame, we won’t be standing there while all of our sin flashes before us, feeling the pain and humiliation all over again. Those things we have selfishly done for our own pleasure and passion, those things we have done because we foolishly held idols, those things that we have done to hurt others or hurt ourselves, those things we have done to dishonor our God, they will all be burned away. I will stand a forgiven person because the cross of Jesus covers my sin.
The Judgment Day is a day of reward. The fire tests every single thing I’ve done for it’s type, and what remains after the fire is our good. If it’s the type of work that brings glory to our Heavenly Father then it will remain. These are the things that will be rewarded on that day, these are the things for which I will give an account.
This new understanding has completely changed my perspective on my day. My work, my daily focus, should be to bring Him glory. At the end of every day, I can look at what I’ve done and ask that question - what will remain from THIS day.
I’ve spent a great deal of time in my life trying not to do what I shouldn’t, and far less time trying to do what I should do for Him. If I’m being honest, there are far too many days in my life that would completely burn away. Wasted days. It was time thrown away on my own selfishness, days I tried to get what I wanted, days I tried to prove that I am worthy of recognition. So many days thrown into the fire.
My days are for Him. The goal of every single day of my life now is to be sure something remains for Him. I will focus less on not doing wrong, and more on doing what is purely for His kingdom.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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