1 Corinthians 3:9-15 – “the fire will test the quality of each one’s work”

We are all good at something. And we are probably better at it than most because we have put a lot of time and passion into it. That doesn’t make us more valuable than others. But it does make our work valuable because people want what we can create. Paul was combatting a competition that was brewing in the Corinth church. Some were following Paul while some were following Apollos. Paul wanted to shift the focus away from either of them to the work that God was doing through them. It wasn’t a competition, it was a team effort. What you do for and with God really does matter. God didn’t just give you a passion for your personal prosperity. We are to cultivate His fields. We are to construct His building. Your work and labor should be another layer of building for the next person to continue building on top of. A lot of times, we just don’t think about it. But one day your work will be tried and tested. It will either to be shown as a solid layer of godly influence in someone’s life or it will be seen as dangerous flammable material. The time, energy, and resources you’ve poured into your days will or will not have an eternal impact. We must consider how each moment and each relationship is a chance to create beauty into God’s overall work. The way God has designed and trained you is so you can be a skilled master creator in the area He has placed you.

Prayer Starter: Our Father in heaven, may your name be glorified as You work in this world to draw people toward Yourself. I thank you for the gifts that you have given me to be a part of Your plan. Guide me to recognize my gift and how to better use it. I thank you for others around me who are using their gifts to speak truth in my life as well. Forgive me if my actions and thoughts have not contributed to building You up to others. I pray that my service will be found as precious jewels and not things that burn up. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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