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Devotional - week of February 17, 2002


TESTED BY FIRE

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.  1 Corinthians 3:12-13

Wood, hay, and stubble will not withstand the test of fire. Yet, those words describe some of our Christian works.

Gold, silver, and precious stones—other words that describe Christian works—will withstand the fire.

Paul writes, “the Day will declare” our work. The reference, of course, is to the day of judgment.

A major question is: can we know now which of our works are gold, silver, and precious stones and which of our works are wood, hay, and stubble?

The Apostle Paul gives insight into the answer in Romans 8:5-16. There he presents a rather lengthy contrast between walking in the flesh and walking in the Spirit. In verse 12 he writes:

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.

By implication Paul is saying that we should live according to the Spirit.

Most of us will testify of serving the Lord in the flesh. We have served Him according to our own plans and in our own strength. We have tried to do things that only God can do.

Those must certainly be the works of wood, hay, and stubble. Those are the works that will burn.

The works of gold, silver, and precious stones are the works we do when walking in the Spirit. These are the works that will withstand fire on judgment day.

We have every reason, then, to walk in the Spirit. Our present life will be one of fruitfulness. And our works will remain throughout eternity.