Under Construction – Introduction
“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilledb master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—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. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.”
1 Corinthians 3:10-15 ESV
Welcome to our newest series: “Under Construction!” I am very excited to get this one started after taking a short break as I visited some old friends and then did some much-needed website repair after our homepage decided to pull a Houdini and disappear. I would like to ask for your continued prayer as we discuss what I think is an incredibly important topic for our Christian walks. As always, I will be praying for you as well during this next venture into God’s word.
In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul draws a beautiful comparison between the entirety of a Christians walk and constructing a building. He was addressing the issues of division in the Corinthians church, but the application goes much deeper than just that. The fact of the matter is that one day we will stand before Christ and our work here on earth for Him will be tested. If it stands the test, we will receive a reward, but if it does not, it will be consumed by fire and we will stand before our Lord empty handed.
The verse that really stuck out to me as I read this passage was the verse 12: “Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw…” The New International Version puts it this way: “using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw…” (emphasis added). Obviously, we would like to build with gold, silver, and precious stones because those are the ones that will withstand the fire, but those things are costly. You will pay more for a pocket full of diamonds than you ever will for an 18-wheeler filled with hay. Which is why, in the Christian life, we must deliberately choose those things which will cost more. More of our time, more of our efforts, more of ourselves. That is how we will construct a building that can withstand the test.
Just like no one would attempt to construct a building without first drawing out a blueprint for its construction, so we must also plan ahead in our lives before we dive into a new project. This will be another focus of this series: gathering the necessary materials, building a labor force, and designing a building that will stand all that life has to throw at it. We will need God as our final guide, authority, and architect. He will be our contractor instructing us in what needs to be done. We need to enter into this project with open hearts and minds to the will and desires of God for our lives. He will be the one that provides everything we need to build and gives us the strength to actually carry it out.
With the strength and guidance of our Redeemer,
“Should nothing of our efforts stand
No legacy survive
Unless the Lord does raise the house
In vain its builders strive
To you who boast tomorrow’s gain
Tell me what is your life
A mist that vanishes at dawn
All glory be to Christ!”
“All Glory Be To Christ”
arranged by Kings Kaleidoscope, words by Dust Kersue
Copyright 27 November 2012