Would one want to go through such a time as this never having had one’s mettle tested? Never having had a co-worker sneer at Christians, giving you the opportunity to proclaim yourself a follower of Christ? Never having had wickedness rear its ugly head, giving you the opportunity to counter it with good?
Should we emerge from these times, where we truly have the opportunity to proclaim God’s love to a dying world, and face God having hid our faith in a closet?
The world’s hatred gives us the precious opportunity to stand boldly for Christ. The world’s downfall gives us the precious opportunity to be tested by fire.
Upon the foundation God has laid we are to build. Are we building with gold, silver and precious stones? Or are we building with wood, hay and stubble?
“Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”
Will your work stand? If it does, you shall receive a reward. If you work does not stand, you will suffer loss. You yourself will still be saved, but what have you to present to God?
I Cor. 3:10-15