“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work”. I Corinthians 3:11-13 NIV
The dogs like to chew. Whether it’s a tree limb or a piece of a wooden puzzle, there are always wood chips scattered around the living room. They don’t know the difference in value between something bought or something that’s fallen from the tree for their entertainment. They are non discriminate in their choices. To them everything is edible. A toy is being beheaded now as I write.
Paul uses the illustration of a building in 1 Corinthians 3. Jesus is the foundation and each of us are the builders. The materials we build with are listed as gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw. The works we do daily contribute to the building. Like the dogs, sometimes we can’t tell what our material is worth. We are told that our works will be tested by fire. Works made with gold, silver, and precious stones will survive. Works made with wood, hay, or straw will be burned with nothing left but wood chips and ashes.
Why you are building has a lot to do with the cost of your materials. Are you building to be seen by others? Is your building being erected for your glory or for God’s glorification? Colossians 3:23-24 tells us, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ”. If we forget why we are building and for who, we will be stuck with wood chips scattered after the fire.
Matthew 7:21-23 reminds us, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Our first priority is to know Jesus Christ personally as Lord and Savior. Matthew 6:33 states, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”.
Are you thinking more about all the things Jesus has promised instead of seeking his presence and enjoying his companionship? Are you concentrating on the building instead of the sure foundation? Are your supplies provided by God or gathered up by the wayside?
We are God’s building and precious in his sight. We were bought with a price; the blood of his son, Jesus Christ. When we build with lasting supplies like love, joy, and peace; the building will survive the fire. If we build with selfishness, discontent, and strife; nothing will be left but wood chips and ashes. God will not be glorified and we will be left with a mess.
Inspect your building today and bring it up to code. It will make the value go up and stand the test of time and fire.