Imagine your rich uncle is on his deathbed. He wants to give you two million dollars in his will but is unwilling to do so unless you agree to the following conditions:

1) you must spend the money within one week

2) you must spend it on tangible assets (i.e. no stocks, bonds, insurance)

3) you must keep all of your assets at your house

Under these conditions, would you still accept the money? I thought so. What would you spend it on? Take a moment to think about it. You canít give it away. You already agreed to spend it (and you donít have much time). Would you get a new house? Some new clothes? A new car? If so, what kind? What else would you buy?

Would your decisions be different if you knew a little bit of the future, namely that there will be a huge fire at your house a month after you receive the money? In the inferno the flames will engulf everything you buy with your inheritance.

How would your spending decisions be affected if you knew about the fire beforehand? Houses, clothes, and cars won't fare very well. Can you think of any assets which can survive a fire?

God Himself warns us about an upcoming fire in 1 Cor. 11-15:

No one can lay any foundation than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any one builds on the foundation using gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble--each manís work will be come manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

To make wise decisions during our short time on earth, we must constantly remind ourselves, "Thereís a fire coming! Donít forget about the fire! Donít become enamored with wood, hay, and stubble!"

How tragic that many Christians have never heard about the upcoming fire. How tragic that many have read this passage but donít take it seriously. God is urging us to invest our lives in things which are eternal.

Last summer my family went to a family reunion at the beach. My kids and their cousins started building a castle in the sand. They worked hard on it and did a nice job. Unfortunately, the tide was coming in. All of a sudden an unusually large wave swept over the castle, and it was reduced to a couple of big lumps in the sand. A minute later a second wave hit. The big lumps became little lumps.

The kids didnít say a word. I can still picture them, with sand on their hands, their mouths hanging open in disbelief. All that work for nothing. Magnify their feelings by a thousand fold and you might get a sense of what awaits many people at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

Are we building empires of wood, hay and stubble? Letís live every day like we believe God is telling the truth--thereís a fire coming!


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