What Remains

Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

1 Corinthians 3:12-15

Sometimes in the midst of everything going on, it is easy to forget that my work is going to be tested by fire, the eternal fire of heaven. It feels like my work, not just my employment but everything I do, is judged by other standards.  I just want to be productive. I want to provide above and beyond for my family. 

But productivity and abundant provision are not the heavenly tests that all my work will undergo. What matters is if I did what I did to the glory of God. There are so many things in life that we can live out in two ways. We either do it for us, or we do it for Him. We know what this looks like. Even activities like preaching the gospel and giving generously can be done with the wrong heart. We can be seeking our own glory rather than the glory of King Jesus. 

As we start this journey with Anna, I want everything that we do to be unto Jesus. That is what matters. It will not happen automatically. But I pray that our lives reveal Jesus through this trial, and may God be glorified in every part of our lives. 

Anna has made me realize how easily I get distracted by the peripheral issues of life. Suffering cuts us back until what is absolutely central and necessary remains. Jesus is at the center of our lives. Right now, Jesus is very precious. He is the only One who can lead us on the path ahead. He must work Anna’s life and this situation for His glory and for our good.  That is what we desire. 

‘Only one life, ’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.’ I mentioned this quote in my last post. It is from a missionary named CT Studd who gave his entire life to proclaiming the glories of Christ in unknown and dangerous territory. I would encourage all of us to examine our lives in light of these two lines. The end is coming soon for all of us. We do not know when it will be. Is our life being lived for Christ? That is what will last. That is what will pass the test. 

Wherever we are in the world, Christ deserves everything we have. Whatever we are going through, He is preeminent. May all of us set our eyes on Him and walk out our lives with Him at the center!

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