“Building on Christ, Our Foundation”.
As many of you know, we are going to be moving to a (new to us) home. We made a decision several years ago that we would be calling Indiana home for the foreseeable future. We ended up buying a house that is around 17 years old.
One of the options we had, was building a new home. When one builds a home, one needs to have a strong foundation.
Believers are people of faith. We too need to build on a strong foundation.
Please read the following verses. 1 Corinthians 3:9-23
9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. 10 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. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 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. 14 If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15 If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.
16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple. 18 Do not deceive yourselves. If anyone of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” 21 So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future — all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.
What are we building our lives on?
We can build our lives on (or around) RVs, boats, vacation homes, new homes, cars, trucks; as you can see we have many choices.
Here is one example, a pastor told me recently he doesn’t think he will ever see this one family in Church again. They had worked hard and bought a house near the beach. And now, they are at that beach house almost all the time.
Now I am not saying any of those listed things above are wrong, it is simply that they cannot become the center of our lives.
All the things I mentioned that we can have would burn to a cinder in a fire.
But if our center is Jesus Christ, as we see with Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego in the book of Daniel, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ can walk in the fire and not even be burnt.
So this thought is simply a reminder. It is great that we live in a country where we can buy stuff. But don’t ever let that stuff replace Jesus Christ who is the center of our lives.
Have a tremendous day in the Lord.
Be Blessed, Be a Blessing; Amen