Devotions By Jan

Making Hay

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Scripture for Today: I Corinthians 3:12-13a “If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light…”

Living in our area, surrounded by fertile fields, these large rolls of hay are a common sight.  Of all the shapes possible when forming bales, the cylinder shape is thought to be the most economical and a favorite for those raising cattle.  The large ones are quite heavy at 2300 pounds.

I was surprised to learn that some bales of hay, if too moist when baling takes place, can actually catch fire!  Micro organisms begin breaking down the moist plant fibers and produce heat in the process.  If there is oxygen present and the temperatures rise enough, that bale of hay can spontaneously combust!

Our verse for today is also about burning up hay!  There will be a day when the works of all believers will be evaluated for the purpose of reward.  The foundation believers build their lives on is Jesus Christ.  But what materials we use to build our lives can vary.  What is done for God’s glory is considered gold, silver, and costly stones.  The works that are rewarded are those done to further His Kingdom.  The wood, hay and stubble are works done with selfish motives or for our own glory.  The context  teaches that the quality of our work is revealed by fire.  Whatever survives that fire is rewarded.

The old saying, “making hay while the sun still shines” means to take advantage of every opportunity and not waste time.  But I do not want to be building with hay or anything else that does not bring glory to Jesus!  Lord, keep me focused on living my life for You.

Look familiar?  This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.


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