Building a Fireproof Life
"If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire." -
What we have been studying in Revelation is only a foretaste of what is to come. But God has not left us without instructions. In Revelation we have seen Truth to live by for a safe future. So, how do we survive in the early twenty-first century? We need to build a fireproof life. Thus, there are three truths that I want you to remember from this week so that you can truly give God what is His.
With what are you building your life? Are you building it with wood, hay, and stubble that will burn up-or are you building your life with gold, silver, and precious stones? The gold speaks of seeking God first; the silver and precious stones speak of sacrificing your time, talents, and resources to God before they dissipate and burned up here.
God is going to let everyone know once and for all whom we really lived for-ourselves or for Him. He says that "we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, . . . whether good or bad" (
If anything trips you up in life, get rid of it-everything that holds you back and keeps getting caught so that it drags you down (like the long robes men wore in that day that they would tie up and tuck into their belt so they could run without getting tripped up). Check your life to see if you have piled up too much baggage that will prevent you from saying "YES, LORD"-yes to His will and His way. Can you really pull up stakes at any time to do God's will, or will it interrupt your plans? God says to keep the baggage to a minimum so that you can follow Him.
In 2 Corinthians, Paul said that the Macedonians excelled in their giving because they gave of themselves first. If you have never surrendered yourself, you need to do it now. There is no substitute for giving yourself to the Lord. You will never know the joy of the grace of giving (or any other grace) until you do!
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