“Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have – Jesus Christ. Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials – gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.” -1 Corinthians 3:10-15
Last night I had a dream that greatly impacted me. In my dream a friend accompanied an angel to visit me. The two of them came at a moment that I least expected in order to examine and test my life, detail for detail. As we filed through every painful motivation of my heart, I could do nothing but sit in silence and pray that they would be pleased with what they found. When they were finished, they left as quickly as they came, moving on to someone else.
I woke up incredibly challenged, and I realized that I will pass through two different kinds of fires. There are difficult times that I will go through in this life that can serve as refining fires if I so choose, that will purify my heart like gold is purified in the flames. Those times are not pleasant, but if I take advantage of every opportunity that God gives me to allow the Holy Spirit access to my life, I will be prepared for the second fire.
It is also a challenge to examine my ministry in prayer. Am I stewarding and shepherding well? How important my time of prayer is for those I am leading! I pray that in the end God will find that Christ was the foundation for my ministry and that my work for the Kingdom will survive the flames.
In all of this I am convicted that the only way I can be sure of the value of my work is if I stick close to Jesus, every day and in a passionate way obey Him in everything. How is my relationship with Christ? The moment of testing may come at the moment we least expect it. When it comes, I want my Lord to be pleased with what He finds.