1 Corinthians 3:13-15 (NET) each builder’s work will be plainly seen, for the Day will make it clear, because it will be revealed by fire. And the fire will test what kind of work each has done. If what someone has built survives, he will receive a reward. If someone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss. He himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
Chinedu started very well as a minister of the gospel, but along the way, he started mixing with the wrong folk and lost his focus. His closest friends were now fellow ministers of the gospel who were truly ministers to their belly. Their belly was their God and they minded earthly things (Phil 3:19). Their goal was fame and fortune and their real god was mammon. In no long time, Chinedu’s fellowship with them corrupted him and he became like them.
The dream Chinedu had was like a reset button. Through it, he realized that he was not building according to pattern and his work would have been rejected. He repented and knew he needed to part ways with those friends. This was difficult but necessary if he was going to continue to serve God acceptably.
In today’s Bible verses, Apostle Paul likened the church to a building. Those who the Lord uses to build the church are the leaders(the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers). While some will build with gold and precious material, others will build with perishable materials. A servant of God whose affection is set on things above, and based on the kingdom, is building with precious stones. But a servant of God whose affection has been set on earthly things (money and fame) will build with perishable materials.
A believer who lives for himself is building with perishable materials. But a believer who lives to please the Lord will set his affection on things above and will thus build with precious materials.
Go into today remembering that your life and motives will be evaluated before the Lord. Live with this consciousness and receive help from the Lord through faith.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
Yearly Bible Reading: II Corinthians 11-13
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