Lately I’ve been taking inventory of the composite of my life, all my thoughts, words and deeds. I’ve realized that I won’t present singular actions to the Lord on the day I stand before Him, but rather the accumulation of a lifetime of activity. What’s more the Lord will not reward me based on individual actions, but the entirety of my life. The big picture.
1Co 3:11-14 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 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. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
A couple points become clear when considering Paul’s words here in 1 Cor 3.
1) Jesus Christ is the only foundation
2) When we see Jesus we will offer Him the activity of our life as a gift
3) Ultimately the whole of our life will be crystallized into one of two categories: gold, silver, precious stones or wood, hay straw.
4) The reward we receive from Jesus is distinct from our life’s work
5) It is very real that some believers will offer the Lord a life of actions that will become ash when tried by His fire.
The issue of the “quality” of the work one offers the Lord has nothing to do with gifting or calling. It has everything to do with faithfulness and obedience. In other words it doesn’t matter if you are called to the public platform or the private prayer room, the question of quality is answered by a life lived in faithfulness to His leading.
I want you to see your life, the whole of it, as an offering that you are daily developing to give to the Lord on that day. Every choice you make to faithfully pursue righteousness will ultimately crystallize in a beautiful offering that you will give Jesus – thousands of small choices will materialize in a brilliant work of precious gems. However, we all must recognize, that a life lived for our own ways, in obedience to our own whims will ultimately be revealed as valueless, an unworthy offering for our King.
My prayer is that you and I would give ourselves wholeheartedly to the Lord to love Him by serving His desires and not our own. The life spent in this manner will not be despised when offered to Him. Your life is your offering to Jesus, what will you give Him on that day?