Portugal In Flames
(One of the many fires that have ravaged the Portuguese countryside this year).
…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 Corinthians 3:13)
We recently returned from Portugal where, over the Summer, there have been a record number of fires. The worst of these fires occurred in the Serra de Caramulo which burned for over two weeks claiming the lives of several volunteer fire fighters and one pregnant woman. The above fire was burning at the side of the highway between Braga and Oporto in the North of the country.
The above image is of a fire that passed by the Municipal Swimming Pool in Setubal, just south of the Capital, Lisbon. We passed this fire when it had just started as a small grass fir by the side of the road. Within minutes it had become a major fire prompting the emergency services to employ a helicopter equipped with a large water bag in order to tackle the blaze with gallons of water. This fire had travelled at least a kilometer by the time I had taken this picture.
Fire is so destructive and anything flammable will be quickly eaten up by it.
When the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Corinth they had recently witnessed the destructive force of a fire that had almost destroyed their city. He used the analogy of fire to impress upon them how God would judge each person’s works on the day of judgement. He likened their works to gold, precious stones, wood, hay and stubble. The only thing that would remain after the firey test would be that which had eternal value, the rest would be burned up like a pile of wood, hay or stubble.
We must fix our hearts on Heaven and lay up our treasures there, otherwise we shall enter heaven wanting!
Now 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. 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 Corinthians 3:12-15)
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