Today’s Scripture: Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 1 Corinthians 3:12-13

As someone who was raised on detective and mystery stories, I enjoy a good non-fiction account of a true crime. The details of investigations can be fascinating and some of the problems caused by human nature are amusing.

Case in point: a suspect once escaped from surveillance because four separate officers saw him flee and toggled their radios at the exact same moment. The simultaneous transmissions canceled each other out and the backup team never knew the suspect was on the move.

When it comes time to make an investigation, the detectives make a careful examination of the lives and character of those involved. Often, hidden text messages or emails reveal another side of an individual, or careless words show the way to the culprit. As the investigation progresses, what was once hidden away and unknown in the life of a culprit or victim is discovered and revealed for everyone to see.

This leads us to an interesting mental exercise for the Christian: if someone were to investigate your life, what would they find? Would they find a life of consistent character and Godly holiness or would they find a double-minded life of secrets and hidden vice? How embarrassed would you be when the investigation is complete and hidden portions of your character laid bare?

The Bible warns us that one day everything we have ever done, no matter how hidden, will be made manifest. We will then be judged for all our actions, public or private, and receive gain or loss accordingly.

Christian, if your life is in order, stay the course. If your life is less than it ought to be, then act to correct your course and get right with the Lord. Consider that judgment day and order your life accordingly so that when you stand before God, you can do so unashamed and with a full reward.

Devotional by Pastor C.J. Armstrong