‘his 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 man’s work’ ~ 1 Corinthians 3:13
Paul was in the business of building others up spiritually. In his first letter to the Corinthians, he tells the young church ‘you are God’s field, God’s building.’ Gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay and straw are mentioned. Each of these materials react differently to fire. Some are consumed and burned up while others get purified and attain greater significance. He cautions that each one must be careful how he builds.
Paul deeply understood the kind of labour he had to put in and the resulting impact of his service to God. He knew that God had given him some individual people as well as group of believers (church) to build up. He considered himself as an expert builder and saw his work as something that would be tested by fire. He knew that the fire of trials and temptations would test them. And so he took great pains to build them up in such a way so as to endure the test and emerge victorious. He constantly covered them with his prayers, corrected them by pointing out the word correctly and lived a life of example worth following.
We can take truths from Paul’s life and letters and put them into action in our own. God has placed within our lives specific people as individuals or groups who need to be built up. We can cover them in our prayers, share the word and live a life of example and work in their lives in such a way that they can stand the test of fire.
Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for this divine responsibility of working to build others up. Help me give my all and do my best so that you are glorified and they are blessed. Amen.”
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