1 Corinthians 3:9-15
Memorise Romans 12:1
“…let every man take heed, how he buildeth thereupon.”
Faithfulness of a Christian involves living one’s life in full accordance to God’s revealed will in His Word. There are various things that we are commanded to do according to God’s Word. Preaching the gospel to an unsaved person is one of them. So, does God measure us as Christians by how many souls we save? We know from scripture that salvation is not for us to give because it belongs only to the Lord (Jonah 2:9). We are commanded to bring God’s saving Word to everyone who is unsaved, faithfully and accurately. However, we do not have the power to convert the heart. Conversion is the work of the Holy Spirit. Hence, God does not measure us by how many souls we save. That being said, Christians are, nonetheless, still measured. 1 Corinthians 3:12 tell us our works as Christians will be considered when we appear before Christ. They can be “gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble”. We are also told that our works will be judged by fire where not unexpectedly, wood, hay and stubble will be consumed. Only works of gold and silver and precious stones will last. What then are works that will last?
1 Corinthians 3:10-11 speaks about taking heed to where we lay our foundations. If we lay the wrong foundation, whatever we build on top of this foundation will not last. The foundation refers to our motives. Verse 11 tells us the only correct foundation is Christ, which means that the only motive that is considered pure is one where we serve Christ and Christ alone. Hence, all that we do, what we build on top of this foundation must be to serve Christ alone and not other men or ourselves. Ultimately, we are measured by whether our works are based on the correct motive and if they were done for Christ. Another point to note is found in Mark 9:41. Christ said that even by providing a simple cup of water in Christ’s name, meaning done to serve Christ, will be rewarded. Hence, works are not measured by their size or number, but by their faithfulness. What does this mean to you? You should now seek to examine your motives for everything that you do, whether they are for Christ or not. You are “measured” by your faithfulness in everything that God has called you to do, whether it be your studies, your service in Church or even as a child to a parent. Be faithful!
Thought: Why should I study hard?
Prayer: Search my heart Lord, and show me Thy truth.