Hay, Wood And Stubble

Hay, Wood And Stubble July 13, 2018

The Bible says that our works may be burned up as hay, wood, and stubble, and only those things done for Christ alone will pass through the fire.

Knowing Christ

When Jesus was speaking to a large crowd, He wanted to make sure that they not only listened to His words, but they did what He said. For example, Jesus warned that “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matt 7:21), because on the day of judgment, “many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness” (Matt 7:22-23). It’s not enough to do works in Jesus’ name; we must do what the will of the Father is, and Jesus revealed what the Father’s will is. Notice that “many” will profess to know Christ but that same “many” will be turned away? Many…not a few! Why? Because they did not do what Jesus commanded, therefore, they are not really His disciples if they don’t do what He says. Another point is, Jesus says “I never knew you,” so if someone says, “I know God” or “I know Christ,” the bigger question is, “Does He know you!” Satan “knows Christ” but obviously it doesn’t mean he’s saved, so it’s not whether you say that you know Christ, but does Christ know you! That answer determines your final, eternal destination.

Building on the Rock

In the same chapter (Matthew 7), Jesus says, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matt 7:24). I can hear but if I don’t act on what I hear (from Jesus), then I am building on sand and that’s not going to stand when the storms come. The one who listens to Christ and does what He says can withstand the storms, so when “the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock” (Matt 7:25), however, whoever “hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it” (Matt 7:26-27). If we have another tornado warning and I ignore those words, I put my life in peril, but if I listen to the warning and act on that warning by taking shelter, this shows I am not only hearing their words but obeying them. In this case, listening and doing can save my and my family’s life. It’s not enough to listen…we must follow through on what Jesus teaches because what Christ taught came from the Father, and it is His will that we are to do, not Christ’s alone.

Rewards

We do not do good works just for rewards but rather because we love Jesus, but Jesus often mentioned rewards for those who are His faithful followers and do what He commands. The Apostle Paul wrote that “if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done” (1 Cor 3:12-13), and “If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward” (1 Cor 3:14). What is this foundation Paul speaks about? It’s the foundation of Christ Who is the solid rock upon which we build, however, if we do these good works to be seen of men and women, we’ve already received our reward, so “If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire” (1 Cor 3:15). That means many will be saved but have no or few rewards when Christ will come to judge the saints. This judgment is not for our sins but for our works done while in the body, and only those works done for Christ will be rewarded by Christ Himself.

Serving in Secret

One man I know puts everything he does on Facebook and then tells every one of his 3,000 plus friends what He did for Jesus. He frequently posts that he helps the poor and witnesses for Christ, however we’re told that “when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matt 6:3-4). Even “when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward” (Matt 6:5), so the question is, “Do you want to receive your rewards today in accolades from others” or do you want to keep it quiet and receive your rewards from Christ. Jesus is teaching to “not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matt 6:3-4)? One of these rewards is temporal (from man), but the others (done in secret) are eternal (from God), and we cannot even imagine what those rewards will be. The Apostle Paul said, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor 2:9).

Conclusion

If you tell others what you’ve done for Christ, you have your reward, but if you keep your good works between you and the Father, you rewards are yet to come. If you tell everyone, God will forget it, but if you forget it, God will remember it. Only those things done for Christ, and done without blowing a trumpet to draw attention to it, will be rewarded someday…otherwise, you can settle for a few pats on the back. That’s hay, wood, and stubble. I prefer to have those things which can pass through the fire on judgment day, so I’m keeping my mouth shut for those things done for Christ, since “each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire” (1 Cor 3:13-15). I don’t want to enter the kingdom smelling like I had just come from a fire sale.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    Maybe if we make a list it will jar any remaining brain cells you might still have….

    1. Who cares what the buybull says? Why should anyone care for the opinions and stories of ignorant savages from the Bronze Age? Why would anyone swallow as true all that can be demonstrated as FALSE? Why would anyone quote a religious lunatic like “paul” who was clearly psychotic and a murdering zealot who had “visions”? ….only another lunatic!

    2. You CANNOT “know” a storybook character! You cannot have a “relationship” with something that does not exist! That is psychosis! It’s what 3 year old children and the guys on the subway platforms do…imaginary friends! There is NO actual historical evidence for any “christ” to have ever existed…NONE! Name the person who took the EXACT dictation of what he said even when he was completely alone! Name a single eye witness! You can’t because there are NONE! It is a STORY! a FABLE! a ridiculous narrative written by no name lunatics!

    3. You CANNOT love that which doesn’t exist! You cannot love that which you also fear! That is the definition of totalitarianism! Your celestial, invisible, undetectable “jesus” runs a heavenly North Korea!

    4. “If you tell everyone, God will forget it, but if you forget it, God will remember it.” LOL Tell everyone how you KNOW this. It is so absurd and stupid as to question your sanity

    5. “I don’t want to enter the kingdom smelling like I had just come from a fire sale” LOL More threats, terrorism, intimidation which is never far from your delusional psychotic thinking. Believe or else! How loving…

    You are a mentally ill man jack…I implore you to seek proper medical help while you can.

    • The bible is full of wood, hay and stubble. It’s a barbaric book written by ancient and ignorant savages.

      • HappinessPursuit

        Those bronze age goat herders didn’t even have Facebook or CNN. We are soooooo smarter and better now.

      • HpO

        Now, see, if “the bible is full of wood, hay and stubble”, then, by definition of that phrasing, it should’ve turned into ashes by the test of the fire of history & humanity. But it’s still around after each fire. You & atheists, on the other hand …

  • HpO

    Is it truthful what this article says about the “hay, wood, and stubble” that our apostle Paul talks about in1 Corinthians 3:12 and 2 Timothy 2:20? That they are:

    (1) Our doings that do “not do what Jesus commanded”? NO.

    (2) Our knowing Christ in the way that “Satan ‘knows Christ'”? NO.

    (3) Our finding it “enough to [just] listen [to] what Jesus teaches”. NO.

    (4) Our “do[ing] good works just for rewards … for those who are His faithful followers and do what He commands.”? NO.

    (5) Our “do[ing] … good works to be seen of men and women … [so as] to receive [our] rewards … in accolades from others”? NO.

    (6) Our “tell[ing] others what [we]’ve done for Christ”? NO.

    So “that’s [all] hay, wood, and stubble”, then? NOPE. According to our apostle Paul, who coined the phrase, “hay, wood, and stubble” are the how and wherewithal with which each of us “builds on the foundation … which is Jesus Christ”, but whose outcome and end-product, given “the quality” thereof, will only get “burned up” on Judgment Day. OUCH. At the end of the day, see, we can only prove to God and Jesus that we, being good for nothing after all, ain’t no “vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master”!

    • Jean Camille

      I do not quite get your meaning. Can you please expand on what “gold, silver, precious stones” and “wood, hay, straw” refer to and how they differ?
      Thanks.

      • HpO

        1st off – God & Jesus bless you, sister Jean Camille, for this fellowship.

        To the point, our apostle Paul admonished Timothy and his other disciples, in this case, the church in Corinth, to each become/remain a born-again Christian “vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master”, so as to fireproof themselves on Judgment Day. Blessed will they be on that day, had they been that way throughout their Christian lives. For in the New Jerusalem they shall be the fulfillment version of the prophetic state of being “gold, silver, precious stones”. Not so with all the Fake Newsy Born-Again Christians filling up the kingdom of God on earth these days. For theirs shall be the fulfillment version of the prophetic state of being mere “wood, hay, straw”. NOT GOOD. Terrifying, actually, in the eternal presence of The Consuming Fire that God ESSENTIALLY is! Saved Yet Lost Eternally?! The horror!

        What’s their problem, anyway? Why, for God & Jesus’ sakes, can’t they all become “vessel[s] for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master” – living that way in response to the ransoming Fatherly love of God through the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of His own beloved Son, Jesus, the Messiah of Israel and the savior of the rest of the world? After all that God & Jesus have done for them and they still become/remain “wood, hay, straw” – ending much worse off than Stalking Atheists like pud here?

        • pud

          Spoken like a well indoctrinated delusional clearly psychotic cult member.

          • HpO

            “C.U.L.T.”? Dunno, ‘mate. Some of us are Aussies, for sure, and, therefore, necessarily “Combined Universities Language-Tested”, to boot, y’knowotahmin? How about you, though? Passed any test lately? How about that Stalking Atheist Test? Oh wait. That top scorer – that’s you, innit?

          • pud

            Yeah a cult and you a brainwashed, delusional, irrational and highly INCOHERENT member. Try composing a rational sentence some time, maybe move on to paragraphs in time.

          • HpO

            I.N.C.O.H.E.R.E.N.T.? As in (but unlike pud & her band of stalking atheists):

            Inventive?
            Nonconformist?
            Captivating?
            Overwhelming?
            Harmonious?
            Endearing?
            Robust?
            Eloquent?
            Noteworthy?
            Tenacious?

            Yup.