If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. — 1 Corinthians 3:15
Chuck Swindoll tells the story of a fighter pilot shot down by enemy fire during World War II…
At treetop level he lost part of his stabilizer, a section of his rudder, a tip of his wing, and the landing gear. Finally, he came down in the top of the trees in his cockpit. He breathed a sigh of relief as he sat there in the cockpit as it rocked precariously back and forth. Enclosed in the cockpit all by itself he was saved, yet so as through fire. He was there intact, but he had very little to show for it.
Too many believers will skid into heaven like this fighter pilot. Preserved by the unwavering grace of God through Jesus Christ, but having very little to show for it. What’s more, they will have suffered the loss of so many experiences and blessings God longed to give them throughout their life. This is the message of today’s passage.
In Christ, you are fully forgiven and forever loved by God. This is about your life today and your legacy tomorrow. If you would glide into heaven as a pilot coming home after a fruitful and satisfying trip, then make today – and each day till then – count for God’s Kingdom.
Ask God to help you make investments today in people’s lives that will count for eternity.
Questions for thought
What would you do differently this week if you knew you would soon step into God’s presence?
What are some ways you could invest in people’s lives today that would make a difference in eternity?