“Toil & Trouble: Wood, Hay, and Stubble”

June 26, 2016

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1 Corinthians 3:12-13 says: “Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw–each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.” (ESV) So what are gold, silver, and precious stones, wood, hay, and stubble? In the narrowest sense they represent sound vs errant doctrine, God’s truth vs man’s foolish wisdom. In a broader sense they represent all of our life’s production as believers, both in word and deed–the output of our respective walks of faith in Christ or the flammable output of our fallen sinful selves. While those of us in Christ can look upon Jesus’ sacrifice and see our ultimate judgment being executed on the cross, we will still stand before Christ and give an account for the lives we’ve lived. Romans 14:11-12 concurs: “It is written: ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before Me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’” So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” (NIV) In other words, what were byproducts of our justification, redemption, reconciliation, and blood-bought adoptions? Hopefully stuff that’s fireproof!

Bible References

  • 1 Corinthians 3:1 - 17
  • Hebrews 5:12 - 14
  • 2 Corinthians 5:10
  • Matthew 12:36 - 37
  • Romans 14:11 - 12