"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. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire." - 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 KJV
This is a great verse with so much packed into it but what caught my eye this morning was the word stubble, Kalame (Strong's G2562) in the Greek. The word is used for the stalks left over from a corn harvest or the inedible leftovers of a grain harvest.
Gold, silver and precious stones are durable lasting things. They are mined, purified and cut into shape. These are wonderful things... beautiful things... a picture of eternal things.
Wood and hay are natural logical building materials. They are flammable but logical. But using corn stalks to build just smacks of recycling the memories or leftovers of an old harvest.
It is funny that we can build on what God did in the past or the harvest that has just gone past and use that as a substitute for who God is right now. Why dig for gold or search for precious stones when we have this field full of corn stalks right here to use?
But those things will burn later when we face God.
The gold, silver and precious stones are of a different kind of substance. They have already gone through the fire of purification and they are what survived the heat of life.