VITAL SIGNS: Unity is spread through spiritual maturity | 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 | Devotional
1 Corinthians 3:10-15
By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his 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 man's work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.
Years ago when the Family Life Center at The Bible Chapel was being built, I would meet Al Schneider on Monday mornings to check out the progress. Al was our on-the-job supervisor. On my way, I stopped by McDonald’s for two cups of coffee, which we sipped as we walked around the site. In the beginning of the project I was astounded by the seeming lack of progress. From week to week, it looked like nothing was happening. I complained every week. But Al explained that the reason nothing was going up was because everything was going down. The workers were digging deep ditches in order to lay the foundation. They worked for months before the thing was at ground level. Every week, in response to my impatient complaining, Al explained to me that the most important part of the building process was building a solid firm foundation.
Paul understood the importance of a solid groundwork. The foundation of the church and our lives is Jesus Christ. Our responsibility is to build with “material” that will withstand the test of eternity. There is coming a day when our work will be tested and rewarded…or not.
Last night I read a fascinating article about Yankee Stadium. The last game played in the eighty-five-year-old “House that Ruth Built” was in 2008. The sobering part of the story for me was the reflection of Gene Monahan, the Yankee trainer since ’73. “It’s sad,” Monahan said, standing outside the door of the training room, “Now as I look back, I realize most of my adult life was spent there. It’s sad in a way to know that, because my marriage suffered and my kids didn’t have the time with me that they should have. I can’t make up for any of that time. Night games, day games, games just about every day…most of my adult life is here.”
So, believer, the foundation has been laid. How’s the building going?
Father, thank you for sending your Son, and for opening our eyes to see our sin and embrace the message of the cross. Help us to build well on Jesus’ foundation. May your inspection of our life construction receive a “Well done!” In Jesus Name, Amen.