1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all belong to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.
Food for Thought:
In this passage, the apostle Paul uses the metaphor of building a home to talk about how our spiritual life needs to be built on solid ground. Several years ago, we bought our first home. It was an older home, built in the 1970’s. When the inspector came to check it out, he said that there were very few problems because the home had been built on a solid foundation. He commented that the type of craftsmanship that was put into our home is not put into many of the new homes that are being built. Contractors cut corners and rush through the job. This is a wonderful metaphor for our spiritual lives. When we cut corners and don’t put the work that we need to into our spiritual lives, they will suffer like a home built on a shoddy foundation. We need to take time and not cut corners when it comes to our Christian walk.
Holy God, in Jesus Christ you have laid a foundation upon which to build our lives. Help us to follow your perfect law of love, that we may fulfill it and observe it throughout the rest of our lives. In your precious name we pray, Amen.