18 AUG

2012

TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY

WHAT LASTS

1 Corinthians 3:14

 
Imagine a house fire. Every object and item you once treasured is now crumbling ashes, lost forever. Can you imagine looking around that kind of devastation? Paul describes our day of judgement before God to be like this: ‘Fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames’ (1 Corinthians 3:13–15 NIV).
 
Are you holding on to things on earth that can’t possibly remain in heaven, for the sake of looking good or impressing your friends? God gave us the inbuilt capacity to disobey Him but remember, that means you’re in danger of experiencing great loss instead of great reward one day.
 
In the New Testament, Paul says this about his life: ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day’ (2 Timothy 4:7,8 NIV). That’s a much greater reward than any appreciation or approval we can get from those around us!
 
What now?
 
Today’s passage from 1 Corinthians gives us a good mental picture of getting our priorities in order. Think through what you value most (a good way to find out is to think about what you spend most of your free time on), and see if it matches up with what God says we should value.

1 Corinthians 3:14

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