Hello folks! So for the past week I cannot get this word out of my mind: Foundations! I seem to hear it everywhere and interestingly, I just read an interesting passage in 1 Corinthians 3 about our foundations. Join me to read 1 Cor 3: 10-15. Interesting, isn’t it? For those who have not read it here is the gist of it:
It is all in the foundation!
Everything we do here on earth amounts to us building a house and our works (thoughts, action, deeds, intents) become the raw materials that build the house. Based on the quality of our works, we are building with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, and straw or a combination of these and when our day of reckoning comes, that spiritual house you built will be tested with fire and you will be rewarded for the quality of the materials that went into your house. If your house withstands the fire you receive a reward, if not then you yourself will be saved but by the skin of your teeth! But there is a premise to this scripture. The house must be built of the foundation of Jesus Christ, the rock.
Without Jesus as the foundation on which we build our Christian life and faith, we build on sand and it does not matter the quality of the material with which the house is built. It crumbles. So this scripture is for Christians. Paul is telling us it is not enough to just have a solid foundation. He admonishes that
each one [of us] should build with care. 1 cor 3: 10 NIV
This imagery reminds me of the building of the first temple in Jerusalem described in 2nd Chronicles. Solomon started with a foundation of solid rock (check) and then the magnificent edifice was built with gold, silver and precious stones (check, check, check). And yet God warned Solomon that that magnificent edifice could end up becoming a heap of rubble.
So this week, I have more questions than I have answers and I need your help. I will like you to share your thoughts about whatever God lays on your heart regarding foundations. Here are some questions to spark some thoughts and discussions but feel free to go in any direction and midweek I will compile your thoughts into a video:
- how do we build with care?
- How can we ensure that we are building a house that will not burn up when it passes through the fire?
That is it for me guys… I will be looking forward to reading your comments. Share the post with friends and colleagues so I can get as many responses as possible. By the way, August is my favourite month and to celebrate this month I will be giving away free copies of my book, God’s Bondservant. If you want a copy, send me a message with your email address here and I will send you your free copy!