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Weekly Bible Verse – Building on a Strong Foundation
By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. 1 Corinthians 10-13 (NIV)
This week’s verse builds upon the previous two weeks (here and here) where we discussed living a productive life and what that meant. Here it is further clarified by showing that as we live our daily lives, we are actually building up a structure.
The structure we are building is being laid on top of a a very solid foundation – Jesus Christ. We don’t have to worry about the foundation – it is solid. What we do need to concern ourselves with is what and how we build on top of it. As the verse informs, God will use fire to “test the quality of each man’s work.” Thus we should build a strong and useful structure using suitable materials.
So what does this really mean?
Remember (or look back over) the previous weekly verses where we discussed focusing on eternity. Now this verse underscores the need as we go through our days, and we interact with others, as we spend/save/give our money, we should do so with an eternal purpose in mind. Use your time, your money, you skills (maybe even your bow-hunting skills and computer hacking skills) to build up that robust, functional structure that will come out of the fire not destroyed, but purified and refined.