Saturday, 13 September 2008

Rewards

What am I building with?

Gold, silver, costly stones?
Precious time given to the needy, love for the unlovable, grace to forgive those who hurt me most?
Giving and not expecting to receive anything in return?
Giving and expecting NOT to receive anything in return?
Forsaking pride for the sake of the good news?

Or wood, hay, straw?
...Cheap, imitation materials destructible in an instant by fire or flood?
Paying lip service to God with emotional but empty worship?
Giving my 10% to the church every month?
Doing my bit for the environment?
Putting effort, time and money into fundraising for charity?
Attending every prayer meeting...?
Fasting and making sure everyone around me knows how hungry I am?

"Each one should be careful how he builds... If any man builds on this foundation [which is Jesus Christ] using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the 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..." (1Cor.3v10-15)

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