Take Heed, You’re Building on God’s Foundation
- Date: August 5, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.” (1 Corinthians 3:10)
- From Built By God
We are laborers together with God. As we co-labor with God, listen to the Holy Spirit. He says, starting in verse 10, as you work with God, and as you see yourself as God's building and laborer, "According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is" (1 Corinthians 3:10-13).
On a future day, we're going to find out exactly what it is that we're building. But he says with great wisdom here, "Let every man take heed how he builds thereon." What is that saying to us? He says we're to be involved in one another's lives. We're to be co-laborers together with God. We're to be used as in Romans, Chapters 12 through 14, for the edification of the body of Christ. Right in the middle of 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter, it talks about how the gifts are to operate in the spirit of love, how we're to relate to one another, and how we're to be kind, long-suffering, and gentle as all of the fruit of the Spirit is manifested in the gifts of the Spirit. We're to be involved in one another's lives. Take heed, however, how you build on that foundation of Jesus Christ.
What he's saying here is to take heed. It has to do with doctrine. It has to do with not vaunting of self in anyway that would surpass the glory of the Masterbuilder, the foundation who is not only the Cornerstone, but the strength of every other aspect of the foundation. How does this relate to us as individuals?" Be careful how you build on this thing. As I was spending time in prayer, some of the obvious things came to me as we were looking at these things. The first one that came to me is family. Be careful. Your wife and your children do not belong to you. You are stewards. Yet we make judgments. We set standards that many of us don't even pray about. We are so focused on our family, we make decisions on where they are going to go, how they are going to train, and whatever priorities "I was raised in," and we don't even consider their position in the body of Christ. Take heed how you build. Take heed that it's not your preferences but the Word of God.
Take heed how you build on this. Some of us have little lives that we're sowing into. We are stewards. These children have been given to us, and they are not ours. Do you already have your mind made up as to what their future's going to be, or are you seeking God? Take heed how you build on this thing. Take heed in your own life. We have our own ambitions, our own ideas of what success is, and what we should be doing. Take heed how you build, co-laborer, on God's foundation. He's talking about the church, so I admonish us that we're not entities unto ourselves. How about taking heed to how we build on this by our counsel to other people? Are we giving them the unadulterated Word of God and trusting the Holy Spirit to apply it to their lives, or are we trying to influence people in our perceptions and our preferences? Take heed how you build on this church. How about the examples of our lives? People are watching. Our lives are examples in two different ways, beloved. Our lives are examples in the everyday process of what we're walking out. Some of us do great in that, and then there's the example of disaster and conflict. What do you do under pressure? Some of us perform greatly in our consistency and not very well in crisis. Some of us do not perform well in our daily walk, but we do very well in crisis. Our lives are examples. They are epistles that are being read. Take heed how you build, for there is only one foundation, and this church is being built. It's Builder and Maker is God.