Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. (1 Corinthians 3:12-13 NASB)
As we have seen over the last few days, this parable and the one before it have dealt with how we receive and handle the Word of God. In the previous post, we saw that what we have hidden in our hearts will become evident in times of trial and persecution, and that our faith will sustain us when we most need it.
Today, we look at something that may be painful. If faith and the Word of God are what we have stored in our hearts, then that is what will become apparent in times of difficulty. If faith and the Word of God are not what we have stored in our hearts (or not all that is there), that will also become apparent.
The first verse above tells us clearly that there is "nothing secret that will not be known and come to light." The word translated as "secret" is apokryphos
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 NASB)
We do not have to store things in our heart that are displeasing to God. We do not have to continue in secret sin, be it active action or passive attitudes. To make that change to a purified heart, we do have to confess that sin and allow not just forgiveness but also cleansing. The crux of the matter is summed up in two words. Will we? Will we allow the cleansing we so desperately need? The hard truth is that, if not, one day we will wish we had.
Today, dear ones, today is the day to allow God to search our hearts and remove that which is displeasing to Him. Today is the day to allow Him to fill us with that which is pure and lovely to Him. Today. Don't wait.
Pray that we and our loved ones will be willing to allow God to make the changes in us that are so desperately needed.
Link to last night's post : http://leannahollis.blogspot.com/2014/07/eight-days-of-hope-part-2.html
In obedience to the command of Christ to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us, please continue praying for Nasir al Wuhayshi, who has sworn to destroy the cross and those who bear it.