Read 2 Corinthians 5:1-21
The One who spoke creation into existence with a word spoke the sin in my heart into righteousness with the Word, Jesus Christ.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (v21).
And now I am new. Clothed for heaven with the righteousness of God. Spirit-endowed and enabled to do the good works that God has called me to. You are too, if you have put your trust in Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life and the only rescue from your sin. This is how HIS story goes.
And it doesn’t end there. One day we will enter heaven and answer for every work we have done. The Spirit-empowered as well as the worthless deeds, each and every one will be accounted for on that day when we approach His throne and face the judgment seat of Christ (v10). An evaluation of the kind of things we did while here on earth.
If any man builds on (the foundation of Jesus Christ) using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames. (1 Cor. 3:12-15)
Not a sentencing or a punishment of any kind, only rewards for the good we have done in the name of Jesus Christ. For God has already declared those righteous who have trusted Jesus. (See Ephesians 1:4.)
I wonder what kinds of things the fire will reveal when it’s my turn to stand in front of that throne. What kinds of things have I done in faith and by the power of the Spirit He gave me? The “good” things I may have done will burn up like dry grass if not done by faith.
What about you? What are you doing even now that will last through the fire and not burn up? Good deeds done by faith and through the Spirit of God alive in you, or merely “good deeds”?
Oh God, may we seek to serve You by faith and do the good works You have for us. Amen.