Sunday, July 23
Paul in 1 Corinthians 3 speaks of Christian service. He starts with the analogy of producing crops. Some plant, some water, but God produces the harvest. All the workers will be rewarded. He follows that with the analogy of constructing a building, focusing on the materials to be used. Gold, silver, and precious stones represent lasting materials that will withstand storms and fire. Wood, hay, and straw are worthless. Here the worker is busy, supposedly building on Christ, the foundation, but using worthless materials. The issue here is not lack of effort, but how we go about serving God. Again, we have a choice. We can do it our way or we can do it God’s way. We need to know and heed God’s revealed word and we need to heed the promptings of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Faithful workers abundantly rewarded. Perhaps the greatest reward will be “Well done, good and faithful servant (Mt. 25:23).” So we must not be content to sit back and enjoy a free ride to heaven. The Christian life was not meant to be a life of ease. It’s often hard, as described in Heb. 12:7-13. Endure hardship as discipline . . . Strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees” It may not seem “pleasant at the time” but later on “produces a harvest of righteousness and peace.” Those “Take Heed” signs need to be heeded.