ARE YOU BUILDING WITH THE RIGHT STUFF?
1 Corinthians 3:10-13
10 By means of the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I placed a foundation, but another is building on it. So each worker should watch how he builds upon it. 11 Because no one can lay a different foundation than the one which is being laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 But if someone builds on the foundation using gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 the result of each one’s work will become clear; because the day will disclose it, because it is revealed by fire; and that fire will prove what sort of work each one has done.
The context in which Paul writes these words is the problem of divisions in the Corinthian church fellowships, caused by leaders with different agendas and different emphases. There are two points Paul is making. First, there is no other foundation for a Christian church other that Jesus Christ himself. Some schisms and divisions happen because certain leaders are simply not saved, and when they draw people to themselves they are causing apostasy.
Paul’s second point is that within the true Christian church there will be levels of quality within the leadership. Some will be building with gold, and others with straw. But, Paul does not encourage the Corinthians to attack and destroy its substandard leaders. Instead, he assures them that at the second coming of Christ, all who had taken shortcuts in their leadership would be revealed.
LORD, may we be found to have built with the right stuff on disclosure day.