So have you seen any of the pictures from the Mars Rover, “Curiosity,” yet? Apparently taking pictures isn’t the only thing the Martian exploration vehicle can do. In what scientists are calling an ‘interrogation,’ Rover blasted a rock called, “Coronation,” (technically Martian Rock N165), with 14 millijoules of energy 30 times over 10 seconds. That is more than “a million watts of power for about five one-billionths of a second,” a NASA statement said. Rover then analyzed the obliterated rock dust with “ChemCam,” a special camera, to see what could be learned from the ionized gases that were left.
I couldn’t help but think of 1 Corinthians 3:13-15 and 2 Peter 3:10-12 when I read the article from CNN.com. In 1 Corinthians 3:13-15, Paul reminds the Corinthians that there will come a day when our work will be revealed by fire. When that happens, each man’s work will be shown to remain based on what he built on and how he built it. In 2 Peter 3:10-12, Peter reminds his readers that the elements will be hit with an intense heat, burning up the Earth itself and everything in it. He asks the question, “Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness?”
No one looks forward to being judged by fire – not me, not you, and if it could think, not N165 either. We will be exposed, in that day, for our words and deeds in this lifetime. God’s camera will analyze us in much greater detail than Curiosity’s “ChemCam” ever could. What will it reveal? Will it be a trust and faith in Christ and a life of one who tried to live righteously? Or will it be a life spent in denial, investing time and energy in this world only with no consideration to the next? Give it some thought!