|“In the following verse Paul gives specific instructions on what a clean vessel looks like. “So shun youthful passions and aim at righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call upon the Lord from a pure heart,” 2 Timothy 2:22 etc. He says that you need personal holiness in order to help other people. To become involved in the ministry is to invite people to drink deeply from your life, and who wants to drink from a dirty vessel?” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” I Corinthians 3:15
Many passages of Scripture teach that there is eternal accountability for temporal behavior, but possibly none quite as poignantly as I Corinthians 3. In verses 10-15 we learn that the servant of Christ must invest his life in concert with the Foundation laid by God, and that he will be judged by God on the kind of investment he makes.
You are in the construction business and you can bring to the job two kinds of materials, symbolized by “wood, hay and straw,” and “silver, gold and precious stones.” The former, according to the Apostle Paul, represents the wisdom of the world, and the latter the wisdom of God. You invest in your own life as well as the lives of others.
Upon death you are ushered into God’s presence where He lays your investment upon a conveyor belt which passes through a furnace. On the other side the two of you discuss the results. If you have refined “gold, silver and precious stones,” great is your reward. If your “wood, hay and straw” burns, so that all you have is a small pile of ash, you will “suffer loss, but…shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” This loss you carry with you into eternity.
Life is too short and the stakes too high for you to invest with “wood, hay and straw.” God gave you your days upon earth to prepare you for an eternity with Him. You may not have a great deal to say about your standard of living in this life; Providence determines your gifts, abilities, circumstances, and opportunities. But you do determine your standard of living in heaven. What you build with your life appreciably influences the quality of your eternity with God.
Exodus 31-33 Matthew 22:1-22 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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