by John Barnett

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1 Corinthians 3

Life is so distracting, isn't it? Sights explode before our eyes all day long; sounds and smells flow around us—in fact so much swirls around us and before us, we can get totally distracted. It can become so easy to just float through life going with the flow of the current of the world.

How did Paul and the other New Testament writers operate in ordinary life? How did those who were the most visible servants of the Lord in the Scriptures, operate in all the little things that fill life? What is fascinating is, they all seemed to keep track of life like a day trader—each knew their investment and sought a return on each day's "works".

If you read closely the half of the books that the Apostle Paul wrote in the New Testament, you find a common thread—God is going to examine us individually for our "works"—works being what we did with our time, and energy, and resources, and what we did with our bodies. Open with me to Galatians 6.

Galatians 6:4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. NKJV

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. NKJV

Colossians 1:10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; NKJV

1 Timothy 6:18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, NKJV

Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. NKJV

Peter said the same, and strongly urged the saints to be careful what they did with their days and hours.

1 Peter 1:17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality jud ...

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