1 Corithians 3:10-15
10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Sometimes in the midst of turmoil, we are shaken internally. Thus, it is important that the foundation we build upon is established in its truest sense, that which is Christ. In my own life, I liken it to the time when our son was graduating from high school, and we as a family had plans for a grand celebration. To highlight the event, we had purchased an elaborate decorative covering to be placed outside by the pool. There were many pieces to this covering, and it took much of the day to assemble. Afterwards it looked beautiful and served our celebration well. A few days after the celebration, a storm came through and destroyed our covering. There were some valuable lessons from viewing that destruction, knowing the time and effort put into such a task: (1). something can look good, but if it’s not tied to the foundation, anything can destroy it, (2) when the covering was blown around, not only was it damaged, but it damaged other things, (3) you may have to dismantle the very thing you took time to build, and (4) some pieces were damaged beyond repair.
Foundation is the principles on which something stands. It is the base or support.
What should be our foundation? Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:11 – “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
We cannot build our lives on people, movements, causes, as they come and go, but we musts build our lives on the foundation of Christ. Christ is the constant. The principles of His word do not change. His word is durable material, teaching sound doctrine and leading us to spiritual maturity. Our lives must be anchored in the truth of Jesus Christ, and this is how we establish that foundation:
Make the Commitment to Build on His Foundation
In the scripture of Isaiah 28:16 the Word indicates a sure foundation. “Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.”
Building your life on the Savior means using Christ as the foundation in all aspects: in life operations, in your marriage, in your finances, in your business, in all parts. This may seem counter cultural. Some may give time to have service on Sunday, and then lay down their religion to live their life, but we must anchor wholly in the Savior.
We Must Submit to His Will
“We have to grow to the place where our submission to the will of God is reflexive.” – Dr. D’Ann Johnson.
The word submit means to come up under, to reflexively obey. Having a reflex, or an automatic inclination to obey. Submission is God’s plan, and therefore it is not His character to have you up under an order that is harmful to you. God’s will is good. His will is not always comfortable, and it may not always line up with our will, but we must have the reflexive action to obey and submit as a part of building on the foundation of Christ.
James 4:7 – “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
“Without a submission to God, we don’t have the ability to resist the devil.” – Pastor Billy R. Johnson.
The will of God is knowable/memorable – understandable – doable. We should be yielding and ready to say yes to His command.
We Must Feed our Spirit the Word of God
Romans 15:4 – “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
The scriptures teach us and encourage us, and the full examination of this point will continue with our next sharing of the word.
In closing, the foundation of our life must be Jesus Christ, we must submit to His will, and feed our spirit scripture.