For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have – Jesus Christ.
But whoever is building on the foundation must be VERY CAREFUL.
God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
1 Corinthians 3: 11, 10, 17
It is important to sound this solemn warning “Be careful how you build the Lord’s temple, which you are”. You have received by grace through faith the mercy of God – Jesus Christ. Having believed, you are saved from God’s wrath upon this present world and the disobedient. You are sealed by his Holy Spirit, so that you may realize the glorious and imperishable hope of salvation.
However, it is vital you pay attention to how you develop yourselves in Christ. It is important you give care to how you are growing in the grace of God. What manner of spiritual food or doctrine to which you expose yourself really matter. This is critical to your ultimate reality in God.
The Power of Choice
There are variety of materials you can use in building up your faith in Christ, and they all vary in quality and serve different purposes. We are all builders and we all have the choice and privilege to determine how and what sort of materials we desire to use in structuring our growth in Christ. But to every builder is this solemn warning “Be careful how you build, make your choices carefully”
An expert and wise builder with a long term perspective will choose materials that will be long-lasting. A foolish builder will go the easy and fastest way. But to every builder God has provided varieties of materials with the power of freedom to choose. Be careful how you build, he says.
People may build on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw. 1Corinthians 3:12
A close evaluation and analysis of these materials reveals that they may require different kind of efforts in fetching and obtaining them, and different amount of work to get them into shapes and modes suitable for the construction work. For instance, to get gold, you will have to dig the ground deep, and to refine it, you have to pass it through the fire. The same foe Silver and other precious stones. On the other hand, Wood, Hay, and Straw, could be near etched, and faster than Gold, Silver and Jewel.
Nevertheless, the choice of what is used is left to the builder. Ultimately, something must be built.
Efforts don’t Count, Quality Ultimately Does.
Paul use this illustration to stress the truth that, the building is not what really matters but the quality of what is built is the most essential. Every work will be tested and revealed for what kind it is. The fire of judgment will show if a person’s work has any value.
Therefore, do not be lazy, go for gold, dig deep for long lasting treasures, and make every effort to build what will withstand the storms, the fire, and the torrents of life.
Are you making effort to build your faith on sound doctrine and accurate biblical principles? Or you prefer the shallow and the diluted – the bread and butter gospel, name it and claim it materials?
Be wise like an expert builder, whose foundation cannot be shaken, because his root and foundation is firmly established in sound and accurate teachings of Christ
Just as it take hard work to get Gold, so also you must labour in sound doctrine. It is much more valuable than Gold. It never fades and it provides security for you in this life and the life to come. No man will part easily with Gold, you have to pay its price to get it. So also with sound doctrine, you will have to pray and study the scriptures for yourself. That’s the only way it comes. No man will give it to you.
Bread is cheap, wood, hay, and straw are everywhere and can easily be gathered. But how enduring and durable are they? Milk understanding of the word of God, how sustaining can it really be?
Do not forget this, God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple, the temple which you are.
Will that person be you?