Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames. —I Corinthians 3:10-15

How are you building? What are you building with? Who are you building on? Will your work pass God’s judgment? These are important questions to reflect upon.

Jesus is not only the cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20; I Peter 2:6) from which the building (a life) is determined, but He is also the foundation that is to support what is being built (a life). If He is not the Determiner or the Supporter of the building (a life), then that building (a life) is not being built on the right foundation. All other foundations are faulty and lead to eternal destruction.

When a person is building on the Right Foundation, then they also have to build with the right materials— gold, silver, jewels will past the judgment. Wood, hay or straw will be burned up. Only the work done for the glory of God will past the test. All others will fail. What materials are we building with?

So, who are we seeking to glorify with our service, God or man? Paul said, “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant” (Galatians 1:10). Instead of seeking to please people, let us “obey him and do the things that please him” (I John 3:22). Let us build in obedience to the Lord God Almighty, seeking to please Him above all. So be it!

Dear Father, may I seek to be and to serve to please You, not man. May that be my main goal in life. Oh, be please to bear much fruit through my life that I may bring glory to You Name. May it be so in the authority of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit’s power.

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