It is not up to us to judge how another person builds on the foundation of faith. God is the ultimate judge. He is also the Savior. We are called to faithfulness. So we need to take a good look at our own life first before even thinking about evaluating the life of others.
Paul wrote that he was a servant of Jesus Christ. Paul wanted to be a faithful servant. That’s a great goal for us, to strive to be faithful in the Lord’s service. That’s the standard that counts.
Later today I will be leading a Memorial Service for a member of the church I serve. Pat had a tremendous faith that carried her through her battle with cancer. She knew that she belongs to the Lord and that Jesus would welcome her into her new home. We belong to God by faith in Jesus Christ. He owns us because He paid the price for us on the cross. It’s that simple.
Do you buy the brand name or the generic? Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference. Other times there is a big difference. Do you buy into the world’s wisdom or God’s? There is a big and noticeable difference. God’s wisdom may seem foolish to the world, but it is the power of God to save. Generic wisdom is not the same.
Christians are the temple of God, the place where the Holy Spirit lives. God is with us and God is for us. We need to take good care of God’s temple and keep our hearts and our lives open to God.
Since Jesus is the foundation, we build on Him. We need to build with things that honor and give glory to Jesus and shine the light of God’s love into the world around us. We need to use God’s Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to build with, not man made rules and regulations. We build on Christ and are loyal to Him if we want our work to last.
One thing I’ve learned over the years from my Dad, from helping build church buildings, from people who work in construction, if the foundation isn’t right the rest of the building won’t be right either. Both Christians and the Christian Church have to build on Christ to be right. No other foundation is right. No other foundation will last.
It’s not about who does what in spreading the Gospel, it’s all about Jesus. We do our part to tell people about God’s love and grace. God makes the faith take root and grow. It’s all about Jesus and His love for us and all people.
The Church in Corinth was divided into parties with people claiming to follow different leaders. But there shouldn’t be any division in God’s Church. People serve God. Leaders point people to Christ. We are united in Christ. It’s that simple.
Christians are called to a new life in Christ and it should show. If it doesn’t, if our lives are marked by jealousy and quarrels we are still baby Christians. We don’t look down on others; we try to set an example and strive to let Christ shine through us.