(1 Corinthians 3:10-15 NASB)
Ever notice that God’s word does not beat around the bush. Tip-towing around important issues was not the apostle Paul’s style either. He told it like it was and is. Every word recorded is for our good. This old man spoke with God’s authority as he taught how things work in God’s kingdom.
“According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
This apostle to the Gentiles preached Christ crucified. It is in our believing that we are saved. Jesus is our foundation upon which we build our lives. We get to build. God in His mercy did not only save us from the fires of hell, He freed us from sin and restored our free will. In a very real sense we now make decisions that will effect our forever future.
Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” (1 Corinthians 3:10-15 NASB)
I’m all for a “reward”, and will choose that over “suffering loss” every day of the week. How about you? I’m not making this stuff up. We get to build, it’s up to us. I guess this can be considered my first warning to those who need one. The internet makes it easy to see the materials others are using to build. While we are here our poverty can only last this lifetime. Can you imagine if it were longer, say 1,000 years?