Today as I was reading 1 Corinthians chapters one through five, a few verses from chapter three caught my attention. 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 ESV “According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.”
When I read that this morning, I immediately thought of the words from Ephesians 2:20, we are members of the household of God; the foundation is built on the apostles and prophets (New and Old Testament), Jesus being the chief cornerstone. Paul warns in 1 Corinthians to be careful how we build on the foundation. This brought two questions to my mind: what are churches building on the foundation, and two, what am I, and what are other believers building upon the foundation?
If a church puts more into the production of the service, or if the sermon is more like a TedTalk than an exposition of Scripture, are we building on the proper foundation? Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:23-25 ESV “but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” So when a church decides to be pragmatic and does relevant things for the lost, are we sacrificing the gospel, which is the power of God? Yes, we are. The book of Romans is clear; no man seeks God. Jesus said, if I am lifted up, I will draw men unto Me. We lift up Jesus by proclaiming His gospel; that’s how we build on the foundation.
What about our personal lives? Do you ever find yourself asking God to speak to you, yet you don’t think to pick up the Bible? Why is it that we find it easier to hear God in a song instead of His Word? Why do we look to everything and anything other than the Word of God? Are we building with gold and silver or wood and hay? These are questions we need to ask ourselves. We don’t want to just make it into Heaven; we should long to hear, “well done, good and faithful servant.” Are you building your life with the Word of God or news and Netflix? Is what you’re doing, does what you’re consuming have eternal value? Take some time and evaluate the building material of your life today; make sure it’s material that will last.