Studying with my Sister on Tuesday, we both came to the conclusion that God maybe telling us that, as things stand the ‘works’ we are doing for the Kingdom are in danger of being burnt-up.
For the sake of any unbelievers reading this, that they do not fall into the bondage and lies of the wicked one, I have to point-out that when I say ‘works’ I do not mean it in the way the Catholic Church, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witness-ism or any other faiths mean it. We can in no way earn our salvation by our ‘good works’. Our ‘good works’ are the result of a changed life because we believe God has himself paid the price for all of our sins, and through faith in Him and what He has told us in His Word, we believe that we shall inherit eternal life.
A simple example might be that you promise to give me a million pounds next week if I take all my belongings and burn them tomorrow! I may say I trust you but my faith in your sayings will be revealed tomorrow by my ‘works’ or lack of ‘works’. I may make a show of burning a few things, but hold back the things that are valuable to me, just in case you don’t come through on your promise [hedging my bets], what does that reveal about my faith in you and what you say? Many Christians say they believe God’s Word... but what does their life or ‘works’ say about what they really believe about God?
Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness, but later this ‘saving faith’ was put to the test, and through his actions (his works) were shown to be perfect.
Abraham had been promised by God that through his son Isaac, was to come a multitude of people; yet before Isaac had even brought forth even one child, Abraham was commanded to sacrifice Isaac! Obviously Abraham was in a fix, how could God keep His promise that Isaac would bring forth a Nation if Isaac was dead... even before Isaac had brought any children into the World?
But having total faith in God, even that He could do all that He had promised, Abraham concluded that He would have to bring Isaac back again, even from the dead. This he believed, because he knew that the God he served could not lie! And Abraham had no doubt at all, that his God could do such a thing! (However once God saw that Abraham believed by his actions, God prevented Abraham from sacrificing his own son, by providing him with a sacrifice... sound familiar?)
12 - And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
13 - And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns [a picture of Christ on the Cross [Matthew 27:29-31]: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
18 - Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 - Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 - But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
[Faith alone won’t save anyone, the devils believe there is one God and they are all going to an everlasting Hell. No, a saving faith is revealed by a changed life.] If we sow into this World Worldly things we will reap Worldly rewards, all of which the Bible says will soon perish. But if we sow into eternal things [which takes faith in what God has said is true] then we will eventually reap an eternal reward, even life everlasting.
19 - Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 - But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 - For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
All of us have some belongings, gifts and abilities such as:
- Various Abilities
- God given gifts
Somehow we need to convert these temporal goods, into eternal treasures that will be waiting for us when we enter eternity. For instance, we can convert many of these gifts into leading people to the truth, so that they may gain eternal life with us. I think of the ‘Market Trader’ who sells his fruit. I’m unsure just how long he has, maybe just a few days to convert his perishable goods into a more permanent currency. If he fails he will suffer loss but if he succeeds he will gain a reward. Like that market trader we have a limited amount of time to convert our perishable goods, into an eternal currency before they too pass away.
1 Corinthians 3:12-15
12 - Now if any man build upon this foundation [which is Christ] gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 - 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.
14 - If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 - If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
What does it say to non-believers when they see Christians working every hour God sends, to gain money and material wealth? How can Christians say to a dying World that “these things are worthless and about to pass away” if we ourselves lust after them? If the whole World is in darkness and we are supposed to be God’s light, how dark has our light become? I do not say this that we should be depressed, God reveals things to us not that we should suffer depression, but that through His kindness we may turn from the error of our ways back to God, even from death to life. Worldly sorrow ‘leads too’ (doesn’t always get there) death, even suicidal tendencies but ‘Godly sorrow’ leads to repentance... which means we stop walking in one direction, and turning 180 degrees take another, even goodly path.
2 Corinthians 7:10
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
The US Dollar and the British pound, will have no value in the coming age, neither gold nor silver. We need to convert all we have into an enduring currency today, and we need to do it fast! Because when either death or that great day catches up with us (and it will), all unconverted riches... will be eternally lost. The Scriptures show us what men think of their worldly goods on day Christ returns, when it is too late and door to salvation has already been... firmly and eternally shut.
In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;
15 - And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 - And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 - For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?