I Corinthians 3:12-15 – “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
Last night, we had a missionary come and speak at our church. He made this statement that really touched me (he said he had heard it from one of his teachers when he was at seminary) – “One of these days, I fear we are going to find ourself standing in ashes.”
Now, I know that sounds grim, but think about it for a moment in regards to the verses above. There will come a day when all of our actions, words and thoughts will be tried by fire. The motive and desire behind each of these will be examined in the Living Fire of God’s Word. Yikes. All I can say is yikes.
So very often I do things off the cuff and don’t even think about how or if they will effect me eternally. It’s just a silly little this or a quick little that – but all of those little things can effect me in a big way. Sometimes it’s the culmination of little things that build upon one another and then one day you find them crumbling ontop of you. Your attitude is in the toilet and life feels bitter. That, my friend, is a recipe for ashes.
Thankfully, Paul reminds us that we can’t lose our salvation in the midst of all our failures. You see, in the midst of the trying by fire, we will escape because of the blood of Jesus Christ. However, that doesn’t mean that we may or may not find ourself standing in ashes.
I want to go through the fire and find treasure left over. Pure treasure that I can give to Jesus as a thanks for all He has done for me. I know that they could never be enough and that they will earn me no favor but nonetheless, I want to give them to Him.
It’s Thanksgiving week. Many of you will be prepping food to offer to your loved ones. You will be cleaning house, making plans for get togethers and preparing for the Christmas season. Now is the perfect time to put into practice the desire to serve with a pure heart. It’s a great time to store up treasures in Heaven rather than holding onto things that won’t last.