The pit of my stomach reminded me of my loss. How could this have happened? I replayed the scenario chiding myself for not being stronger. I’d told the tech at Apple all of my talks, articles, manuscripts, records, and much more were on my computer. “Don’t wipe it clean unless you know my backup has them.”
“You’re fine,” he said barely looking at the back-up.
“You can see the files?” I pressed. “Years ago a backup said it had my computer backed up and didn’t.”
“It says you’re backed up. You’ll have your files back in two hours,” he said.
Ten techs and as many days later, no one has been able to retrieve my files. The tech hearing my saga at an outside computer company pointed to a poster that reminded everyone to create a safety net with extra backup. Where had this been when I’d talked with technical support before my computer was scrubbed?
Who wants their work to count for nothing? No one. Even picnic ants ruining the birthday cake you baked from scratch feels like a senseless waste.
The Bible knows how painful loss is and shows us how to protect our work from being lost.
But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames” (1 Cor. 3:13-15 NLT).
How we live determines whether our work will survive or go up in smoke. All true believers will be saved at the final judgment, but we can lose everything else if we ignore God’s warning.
Jesus tells us how to protect our work. “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing” (Jn. 6:63 NASB).It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. (Jn. 6:63) Click To Tweet
Each day we choose whether to trust our human strategies or to rely on the Holy Spirit. Since self-effort ends in ashes and what is done in the Holy Spirit lasts forever and bring rewards, let’s look at how to walk in the Spirit.
The Spirit Gives Life
- Ask the Holy Spirit to search you and point out any area that displeases Him.
- Agree with Him and thank Him for His forgiveness (1 Jn. 1:9).
- Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you, in other words, to control your thoughts, motives, and actions (Ephes. 5:18).
- Practice moment by moment reliance on Him.
I can’t rewind time and demand the “genius” at Apple’s Genius bar test my backup device before he erased my hard drive. But I can draw comfort from knowing that any work done in faith will last throughout eternity—even if it is lost on earth.
Question: What is something you’ve lost you wish you could retrieve?
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Prayers and Thanks
Thanks to those who’ve prayed for my computer. I’m still asking God to restore the important things that were lost. If He says “No,” He’ll work this together for good. But until I know the answer, thank you for your prayers.
“Even If” by MercyMe seemed appropriate.
Update: I should get my computer back today (15th). Thanks for your prayers. The Lord heard. It looks like what was important to me was saved!