1 Corinthians 3:6-15 (KJV)

6   I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7   So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
8   Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
9   For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
10According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13Every 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.
14If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Our God-given purpose is to glorify our heavenly Father. 

Ephesians 2:10 sheds light on the means by which we accomplish this:

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.”

As believers, we are responsible to do God’s work.

One day, we will stand before the judgment seat of Christ and be held accountable for our service.

“Judgment” can be a daunting term.

Remember, though, that Jesus redeemed us by His death and resurrection and paid the penalty for our sins.

He took our punishment, and we no longer face condemnation (Rom. 8:1).

Christ’s judgment for Christians determines His rewards for each believer.

During this evaluation, God will test our actions.

Today’s Scripture passage likens this to proving the quality of a substance through fire (1 Corinthians 3:12-15).

Once the fire burns away impure motives and worthless tasks, the Lord will give recompense for that which remains.

From the outside, we may look as if we’re living obediently, striving to honor Jesus.

So many tasks appear selfless and honorable, yet underneath the noble appearance, there can be ugly motives. ‘

We often deceive even ourselves about the reason for our actions.

Since our desire should be to please Christ, we can ask Him to purify and change our hearts.

Consider your actions over the past few days. How much time and energy did you spend serving Christ for His glory?

This can include any area of involvement—not just efforts related to church.

Ask God to reveal whatever is driven by a selfish motive and needs to be brought under His authority.

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