by Randy Chambers, 2016-03-06
1 Cor. 1:12-13, NIV
If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person's work.
"What have you to say for yourself?" That is a question I have heard mothers ask children when they have done something, shall we say, not so good. When I consider a day we will stand before our Heavenly Father, I imagine a similar question. I imagine Him asking something like, "What have you to show for yourself?" Another way to ask that might be to say, "What have you done with what you've been given?" For most of us, that is likely a hard and uncomfortable question to consider. We each have been given 24 hours each day in which to use our resources to accomplish something with ...or to waste. What we choose to do with what God has given us gives indication as to what we consider most important to us. Will we choose to look at our lives and all that God gives as if tools; as instruments in God's hands to be used in the building of His church upon the foundation of Christ? Or will we look at all we have as though it is ours alone to do with as we wish? The day will come when all we have done will be "revealed with fire;" and all that will remain of what we've built with our lives will be that which is consequential within God's eternal Kingdom. "If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss" (1. Cor. 3:14-15). Perhaps, therefore, it is as good as time as any to reflect upon the various activities of our normal day; to consider what we build from what we've been given; and, to ask ourselves this very day, "What have I to show for myself?"