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The theme for this blog comes from 1 Cor 3.5-17, one of those purple passages on the church and ministry. Except that it brings together things I suspect we would rather keep apart!

The first thing that stands out is that Paul has and does his ministry of building by the grace of God. Gloriously familiar territory – although I need to keep making sure this lives for me, and that I don’t fall into the thought that the ministry (let alone the church) is “mine’. It’s His, and never stops being His!

But then he brings in all sorts of worrying concepts. On the Day of disclosure, if what has been built survives the fire, he and each and every other builder, will receive a reward! I can’t help feeling that Paul means for this to be a motive for doing the work well.

Which got me thinking – does the idea of reward (whatever that may refer to) really energise me? What might be good about that? And what might be dark about it? 

Thoughts?

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