14 Nov 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11

10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. 11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 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. 14 If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

2 Corinthians 5:10-11

10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences.

Many Christians simply do not take the future seriously. God is coming back one day and He will ask us what we have done with what He gave us. The key to pleasing God is not to do only for ourselves, but to do for Him. We plan for what might happen and fail to plan for what will happen. Ask yourself this question, “Is God’s Kingdom better off because of what you are doing”? God expects you to be able to answer with a big, “YES”. The question we face is NOT how did God’s gifts benefit us, but how did the King’s business do under our management? You see, our stewardship will be tested by the fire of God’s judgment seat.