Wood, Hay, and Stubble

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

“If anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear . . . fire will test each one’s work . . . If anyone’s work . . . endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 NKJV

All of us have choices. How we will invest our talents and resources. What we will do with our time. What are our priorities?

Focusing on immediate circumstances, it can seem easiest to focus on our current needs and desires. Not worrying about eternal consequences, or even tomorrow. Filled with this attitude, many simply seek escapes. To accumulate assets and indulge in short-term pleasures. To pursue personal fame, regardless how temporary it might be.

But the Bible reminds us that a day will come when everything we do will be tested by fire. Some work will survive, but some will be burned. The Bible calls this “wood, hay, and stubble.” These are the temporary things that can seem important and desirable in the moment but, ultimately, which don’t last. In fact, they can distract us and distort our attitudes and perspectives.

These distractions may not prevent us from spending eternity with Jesus, but they can change the nature of our reward. If the work of our lives is based on the right foundation, we “will be rewarded.” But if our work fails the test, we can lose it all (Phillips translation). Simply, if we make the wrong choices, we will lose our reward.

Today, think about the choices you are making with your time and resources. Have you been investing in wood, hay, and stubble? What will happen when your works are tested by fire? Make sure that you are laying the right foundation, and ready to face God. Invest your life in His Kingdom.


Prayer: Father, I commit my time, talent, and treasure to You. Help me to seek first Your Kingdom. I want my works to endure when I stand before You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.