It’s What You Do With It

There is a saying that goes something like, God created you and that is a gift from God. What you make of yourself is your gift to God. At face value, the saying is doctrinally in error but the message is designed to encourage people to make your life count for God.

We go through the motions in life. We get up in the morning and hopefully spend time alone with God every morning,  before we start our day. Then we go about our business all day, come home and spend time with the family and then, go to bed. Then we start the process all over again the next day.

When I heard a preacher explaining how believers stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ and unbelievers stand before the Great White Throne Judgement, the preacher emphasized the wood, hay and stubble from 1 Corinthians. The preacher was focusing on rewards Jesus gives us but I was reminded to always re-evaluate what I am doing, my labours. Why? Because our labours are going to be tried, tested to see not only our motives, but the purpose of why we labour in specific “things”.

1 Corinthians 3:11-15 KJV  “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
[12] Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
[13] 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.
[14] If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
[15] If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

Isn’t it time we all look at what we do all day, every day, and ask, is this wood, hay and stubble? When I looked at my work, my job, I asked if it was wood, hay and stubble. Then the Lord helped me to see my work provides a means to help others, to share the gospel, to be a blessing to others. Yes, my work provides for my needs but if it is all about providing for me, where is the reward? But if I use my provisions for the Lord’s glory, the Lord’s business, therein is the reward. It is what you do with “it” that matters.

Scripture tells us of two people, one a believer and one an unbeliever. The believer struggled all their life and the unbeliever was wealthy and had everything. There are people like this today. And believers have an opportunity to earn eternal rewards that Jesus gives us. Sadly,  many believers are earning wood, hay and stubble because they are caught up in the cares of this world, this earthly life. And in the mean time, souls are going to hell. We need to be about our Lord’s business, not our business.

Luke 16:19-31 KJV  “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
[20] And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
[21] And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
[22] And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
[23] And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
[24] And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
[25] But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
[26] And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
[27] Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
[28] For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
[29] Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
[30] And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
[31] And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”

We believers are ambassadors for Christ. This world is not our home. I encourage you to build rewards and not wood, hay and stubble.

Until next time.

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