out of the fire…

Houstonians are weird. We had a little ice the other day (before we left for Asia) and everyone called it “ice-maggedon”. During that storm I drove slowly on the empty rode to one of Jennifer’s favorite restaurants…Taco Cabana (you can’t deny a pregnant woman’s odd cravings even in the middle of ice-maggedon!  We got to build a fire in the fire place and the cheap-skate that I am was also burning everything that was burnable. In the scuffle, Jennifer threw in this receipt, but then she noticed that we had not yet redeemed the $1 from the survey on it and she quickly pulled it out of the fire.

This was the result.  It was still usable, but just barely.

Taco Cabana

This reminded me of 1 Cor. 3:11-15

11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

We are very much like this receipt.  Our lives can be spent on frivolous things or eternal things.  We must keep in mind that when everything is all said in done, we will all be judged for what we’ve done. Believers do not get to escape the judgment!  When I look at my life, I want to make sure that every moment counts for eternity.  I have no idea what our reward in Heaven will be, but I desire to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant” from my Judge, Father and King!

Until we sit at the judgment, Paul also wrote some words of encouragement to the church at Corinth for them to stay the course.

57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Cor. 15:57-58

Christ’s resurrection should encourage us to keep working in the Lord, knowing that none of it is a waste of time!!!

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…not to Taco Cabana. 🙂

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