Wednesday 31 July, 2013

1 Corinthians 3:10-15

10 God has given me the grace to lay a foundation as a master builder. Now someone else is building on it. But each one should build carefully. 11 No one can lay any other foundation than the one that has already been laid. That foundation is Jesus Christ. 12 A person may build on it using gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay or straw. 13 But each person’s work will be shown for what it is. On judgment day it will be brought to light. It will be put through fire. The fire will test how good everyone’s work is. 14 If the building doesn’t burn up, God will give the builder a reward for his work. 15 If the building burns up, the builder will lose everything. The builder will be saved, but only like one escaping through the flames.

The apostle Paul built up the Corinthian Church by the grace God had given him. The foundation Paul laid is Jesus Christ then others build on top of this foundation.

Paul now finds the church dividing themselves into “Paul’s followers” and “Apollo’s followers” and so he had to seriously point it that this is wrong. He warns them that no matter what they were going to build, they should build with care. As eventually, fire will test the quality of each man’s work. Some people get rewarded, some don’t.

This passage is one of my favourites. I have made it my motto, because everything I do and have done today will be tested by fire/Jesus tomorrow (one day). If it is burned up and doesn’t survive, I just totally lose it, no matter how much time/money/effort I have put in.

Dear Lord, thank you for reminding me by Paul’s message. The true work is work with you. Please help me to review my work according to your world day by day.  My work will be in vain if I don’t work with you in my life. Amen.

Written by Allen Leu

2 replies
  1. Dimity Milne says:

    I frequently get discouraged by the enormity of bringing Jesus to a so needy world, it seems so hard for people to understand the gift he offers. This passage reminds me that those who plant the seed and those who water it are not important, but still our efforts are valued by God. It is His responsibity to bring our work to fruition. Ours is to be humble and have faith in His unfailing love for mankind and His infinite power and wisdom.

  2. David Newton says:

    I think the key is to ‘build carefully’. Pause and consider before you undertake any activity, and pay attention the foundation you are building upon before you start. – I agree with Dimity, it can be frustrating.

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