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
Spending a week in this verse has me looking at my relationships differently. My availability to the leading of God’s spirit in every moment must be present. In every moment, he is leading us. Every conversation matters, nothing can be written off. Though we may be distracted from the cause by what is happening in front of us, or by what is running though our heads, He is not. He is focused on one thing at all times - that all should know the glory of our King. We should be focused on the same thing - at all times. He makes it clear in these two verses.
Many of us are more afraid of the consequences of stepping out in faith then we are of the consequences of not stepping out. We need to stop worrying about what other people think, and focus on sharing His glory with those people. We need to approach every conversation in our lives from this perspective - that it matters, that it's life and death, that it should bring glory to Him.
Reflecting on this verse also has me thinking about how we judge others. If only what we have done as good will be considered on Judgment Day, and all that we have done as wrong will be burned up, isn’t that how we should be looking at others? Yet, far too often, we let the wrong that people have done define who they are. If God is not holding what we have done wrong against us, we have no right to be holding the wrongs people have committed against them. They should be burned up in the fire, forgiven and released from our memories. Forgiving someone who has hurt us deeply is perhaps one of the most challenging trials to walk through, but it is what He calls us to do. And because He calls us to it, He’s going to walk us through it. Forgiveness is doing good with what He has given us, and will be left in our crown on Judgment Day.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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