Building a Solid Foundation

Rewards for Christians are based on the quality (rather than quantity) of the work of those who believe in Him (born again followers of Jesus Christ). The work wrought that adds-up to wood, hay and stubble will be destroyed and those whose works endue the testing fire shall receive a reward. The foundational work of a Christian is tested; only the intrinsically worthy and valuable works judged as being worthy are kept

Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. If anyone's work which he has built on it 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

Note that Christians are not judged on the basis of sin. All people have been judged and found worthy of death. Jesus Christ the Messiah has taken the punishment of sin upon himself, and for all those that believe this has no fear of death. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. (1 John 2:2 NKJV).

What guidance is there in Scripture of what is quality works for God? The following (slightly edited) list came from Gabe Morris’ sermon on 9 August 2015 (Sugar Land Bible Church) which sums up some of the things believers could be judged.

  1. How we treat other believers (Hebrews 6:10)
  2. How we use our God given talents, abilities and opportunities (Matt 25; Luke 19)
  3. How we use our money and time (1 Tim 6:17-18)
  4. How well we handle injustice and mistreatment (Matt 5:11-12)
  5. How we endure sufferings and trials (James 1:12 )
  6. How we spend our time (Psalm 90:12; Eph 5:16)
  7. How we run the race (Heb 12:1; 1 Cor 9:24)
  8. How effectively we control our sin nature (1 Cor 9:27)
  9. How much effort we put into winning souls for Christ (Dan 12:3; 1 Thess 2)
  10. How much we look forward to the coming of Christ at the Rapture (2 Tim 4:8
  11. How faithful we are to God’s word and His people (2 Tim 4:1-2)
  12. How hospitable we are to strangers (Luke 14:12)
  13. How much we support other people in ministry (Matt 10:40-41)
  14. How faithful we are in our occupations or anything we put our hands to (Colossians 3:23)
  15. How we use our tongue (Matthew 12:36, James 1:26)

David L Simon
Posted: 23 Aug 2015