You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
13 Neither [kai] [ou] is there [esti] any creature [ktisis] that is not manifest [aphanes] in his [autos] sight [enopion]: but [de] all things [pas] are naked [gumnos] and [kai] opened [trachelizo] unto the eyes [ophthalmos] of him [autos] with [pros] whom [hos] we have [hemin] to do [logos]. KJV-Interlinear
13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. NASB
The biggest barrier that stands between people and their real destiny, is their level of belief in what is or is not truth.
Most folks look to the world, to the things in their life. They look to their education, or their social activities, or hobbies, or their work, or their interests, or they look at their failures and fell sorry for themselves. Many have some degree of success and so they don't consider that they need much of anything more from some other source, much less a divine source.
And yet the key to each of our lives (and this includes every human being on planet earth), is Jesus Christ. What you think of Christ, will determine your future, or better stated, the content of your future.
We can think that all we do, is between us only and those things we interact with. But, not so. Everything we think or do stands open to Christ, and in heaven there is a written record of our deeds - everything that we think or do in life.
Likewise everything we think and do in life leaves some residue in the soul. That residue or imprint becomes the content of our soul. Bible doctrine leaves good imprints. Lack of doctrine leaves the imprints of the worldly thought process.
We generally call these imprints, production. Divine production of the soul is often referred to as gold, silver, and precious stones. These are things of intrinsic value. These are productions that have value which last forever.
Production of the world is called wood, hay, and stubble. This production has no value. Over time wood rots, hay molds, and stubble is just simply worthless. Stubble generally gets burned away from a field and has to be removed before another round of planting can take place.
We might think that our life is an island, that we are somehow independent from the world and all possible deities. We might think that we can determine our own future, and that all we need do is study hard, work hard, and find the right connections in life, and perhaps get a little lucky from time to time. And after having a reasonable and decent life, because we have been more or less honest throughout our life, then God will simply receive us into heaven, and all is well.
But that is not the case. Our life is an open book to be used to determine our destiny. We are not here on this earth to discover faster rockets so that we can move out and populate the stars. We are not here to discover better vitamins so that we can live longer and healthier lives. If that were the case then the later the generation, the better the life because of more technological discoveries. The earlier generations, which did not have computers or automobiles or indoor plumbing, were simply cheated out of a better life. Imagine living without a microwave oven. But great, great grandma didn't have one. Did she have a lessor life than we?
The last few words in this passage tells all, 'with whom we have to do.'
What does that mean?
Well it simply means that we are here on this earth to build up a relationship with God through Christ for the purpose of being prepared to go into eternity. And for no other reason. We will all die one day and it is for that day that we need to be prepared.
Sure we can do things in this life that are fun. We can have interests. God even gave each one of us gifts, or talents, or interests when we were born. He also gave us spiritual gifts, or talents, or interests when we were re-born spiritually (when we believed in Christ).
By advancing in your spiritual life, then these gifts (both physical and spiritual) are utilized to their fullest potential. It is only when you do not advance in your spiritual life that your talents and interests are not fully utilized.
By rejecting or ignoring God, and Christ, and doctrine in your life you set yourself up for tremendous disappointment. Doesn't matter whether you are a tremendous success or failure in this life. When you reach the end of this life and discover the potentials of the next life which you ignored, you will be disappointed - big time.
Readers are reminded that we all will stand before Christ one day and in that day we will receive our evaluation. Success or failure in that evaluation will result in greater or lessor blessings for all of eternity.
10 But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For it is written, 'As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall give praise to God.' 12 So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God. NASB
2 Cor. 5:10
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. NASB
1 Cor. 3:11-15
11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. 14 If any man's work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire. NASB
Gold, silver, and precious stones refer to the production of the spiritual life. That only comes from growing up spiritually. Wood, hay, and stubble is the production of the non-spiritual life. When we stand before Christ, He will apply a special fire which will burn up all of the human good and worthless production of the soul. That fire will leave the good production (divine production) in the soul. The remaining content of your soul receives its just reward. An empty soul gets nothing obviously.
Then we all go into eternity and into a new life with all of our rewards, or with no rewards, or with some reward. This is where your concern should be focused in life. Will you prepare yourself for the maximum, or will you ignore it all and get little or nothing?
The fool says, 'Just being in heaven is good enough for me!' Well who wants to go to Disneyland and just walk around the park forever? Wouldn't it be better to ride the rides, and see the shows, and eat in the restaurants, and shop in the gift shops (with an unlimited debit card of course), and experience the adventures and more?
God offers the spiritually mature person a vast treasure. A treasure beyond ones imagination. Who in their right mind would throw away that kind of a gift?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.