Trial By Fire

Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
1 Corinthians 3:13-15

Did you know that we all will one day stand before God and have our works judged? Paul tells us that there will be fire which will try every work we accomplished on earth. Think that it is interesting Paul said our works would be judged by “what sort it is”. He did not say “by its size”.

Humanity compares based on size. God compares based on “sort”.

“Have I done as much as …?”

“He is pastoring 50 but I’ve got 100!”

God did not call everyone to be on television, pastor a large church, or even to write a blog like I am doing. He has called us all to do something. Each one of us have a realm of influence we are called to walk in.

Some are called to be a plumber.
Some are called to be a pastor.
Some are called to be a parent.

When we stand before God He is going to judge us based on His plan for our lives. A person could reach the pinnacle of success but not once step into God’s plan. Their success will not matter to God if it was not in what He has called them to do.

God will not judge us based on what we did. He will judge us based on His plan for our lives and whether or not we fulfilled it. It seems like the majority of us do what we want to do and have an expectation that God is obligated to bless our efforts.

In the vast majority of cases dissatisfaction with what we are doing stems from the fact we are not doing what God called us to do. He created us with a specific plan and we are all suited for that one thing. If we are not walking in that plan it will not be possible for us to find contentment or satisfaction in life.

There is something unexplainable about the satisfaction found in knowing you are doing exactly what God planned for you to do. It is not possible to explain this satisfactorily. My prayer is that the Spirit will enable me to help you find that place for your life through these posts.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7

The peace that Paul is writing about can only be found when we enter into and are pursuing the plan of God. If we are not walking in His plan, we will experience dissatisfaction with our lives.

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