Spiritual Investment

Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire
— 1 Corinthians 3: 12-15

Some people are investing in their own lives instead of the Kingdom of God. Everything is about pleasure, money and fame. Nothing wrong with those things if they are kept in control. The Bible does warn us against the love for these things, putting them before God. Money is not evil but it’s the LOVE of money that is the root of all evil. I enjoy certain pleasures of life, but I do not love them over God. I’ve never cared about fame so that is one I don’t have to worry about. Just remember, everything we do in life will be tested by fire!

I talked to a young lady about relationships and how we all have choices and how bad choices not only effect an individual but a whole family. We need to ask ourselves some serious questions. Questions like: How we will invest our talents and resources. What we will do with our time. What are our priorities? Those are some important questions folks.

Most of the world today are focusing on immediate circumstances. That is the problem! It’s so easy just to focus on our current needs and desires and not even worry about eternal consequences, or even tomorrow. People filled with this attitude, simply seek escapes. People are accumulating assets, indulging in short term pleasures, pursuing personal fame and it doesn’t matter how temporary those things might be.

But the Bible reminds us that a day will come when everything we do will be tested by fire. Some work will survive, but some will be burned. The Bible calls this “wood, hay, and stubble.” These are the temporary things that can seem important and desirable at the time but ultimately, they don’t last. In fact, they can distract us and distort our attitudes, outlook, and directions. I see that all the time in the Christian community.

These distractions may not prevent us from going to heaven and spending eternity with Jesus, but they can change the nature of our reward. Our text is saying that If the work of our lives is based on the right foundation, we will be rewarded. But if our work fails the test, we can lose it all. It’s simple, if we make the wrong choices, we will lose our reward.

My purpose is to get you to think about the choices you are making with your time and resources. Have you been investing in wood, hay, and stubble? What will happen when your works are tested by fire? Make sure that you are laying the right foundation, and ready to face God. Invest your life in His Kingdom. God Bless!