In 1 Corinthians, Paul talks about how God showed special favor to him – in Paul’s way of building on his foundation of Jesus Christ, like an expert builder.
For no one can lay any other foundation than the one we already have – Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 3:11)
Jesus is the foundation we all have if we accept Him. How should we build on the foundation of Jesus Christ?
Jesus is the solid rock, the base of our foundation. What would you use for adding onto your foundation?
But there is going to come a time of testing at judgment day to see what kind of work the builder has done. (1 Cor. 3:13)
Testing is trial by fire. What does fire do to wood, hay, and straw? Of course, it burns them. But, gold, silver, and jewels are all refined by fire.
Building on the foundation of Jesus with gold, silver, and jewels involves things that have eternal value, things that build our faith, like these:
helping and loving others
sharing the good news
developing our relationship with the Lord
listening to the Holy Spirit’s guidance
our obedience to Him in all things.
These are just a few that come to mind at first thought, and I’m sure you can think of more.
Wood, hay, or straw are more superficial things that don’t have eternal value. Can you name a few of these? I think of rote prayers that we say with little thought, or religious rituals that have no meaning.
Attending church can be in either list, depending on our hearts. Do you have church members who attend because it’s good for their business to be seen in church? Yep, that’s a straw layer in their foundation.
The refining process of our trials burns right through shallow layers.
These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (1 Peter 1:7 NLT)
I leave you with this.
You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him, you trust him; and even now you are happy with a glorious, inexpressible joy. Your reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:8-9 NLT)
Let’s worship our Refiner on this spectacular Sunday! Praise His Holy name!