1 Corinthians 3:10 Build With Care

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 1 Corinthians 3:10

In every city across the nation, buildings are being built on a regular basis. Many are homes, while others are for businesses.

Regardless of what the purpose of the building is, the common factor in all of them is having a good strong foundation. Once the foundation is set, care also has to be taken to use the correct materials in the correct manner to build the rest of the building. If the correct materials are not used correctly, the building will fall, even with a good foundation.

Paul points out that it was by God’s grace that he was able to lay the foundation. Others are to build on that foundation with care.

Life as a believer must begin with Jesus as the foundation. Without Jesus, there is no life for eternity. However, once a person has that foundation and becomes a believer, he must then work on building upon it to raise his life up.

It is common for a person to become a believer, but then no longer works on building his life up in Christ. Once a person is a believer, he must grow in learning to be like Jesus more and more. It starts with turning away from sin, then can grow into being a witness and making other disciples. His faith in God must grow on a regular basis. His knowledge and understanding of God’s word must also grow.

The process of building up in Christ takes focused effort and care. With no focus, the life will not be made correctly and may likely fall apart. In the end God will test how the life of one is built.

If you are already a believer, you have a firm foundation in your life. Now it is time to be built up upon that foundation.

Seek God to know what He wants of you and how He wants you to be more like Jesus. Be careful in building up your life in Christ so that you do not build it as the world builds lives. Build with eternity and God’s kingdom in mind, not yours or this world’s kingdom.

What type of building are you in God’s kingdom?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how God wants you to live your life; that you will allow God to direct you in growing in Christ; that your life will be pleasing to God; and that you will live every area of your life for God.

Zechariah 6:15 How To Make It Happen

Workers on scaffolding

Those who are far away will come and help to build the temple of the Lord, and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. This will happen if you diligently obey the Lord Your God. Zechariah 6:15 

Building something large, like a house or an office building, requires many different people to make it happen. There is a need for the carpenter, the cement layer, the roofer, the A/C person, the painter, the plumber, the electrician, and more to make it happen. One cannot completely build a building on his own.

Normally to get all the help needed, all one has to do is have the money to pay for the help.

Zechariah tells Joshua, the priest, that he needs to rebuild the temple. He is also told that many will come to help him build it, but in order for that to happen, he must diligently obey God.

Many believers try to do great ministries on their own. They hear God’s call to build a ministry and so try to do it, without help.

This can work, but only to a point, or certain level, then it peaks out. Help is needed to grow it more. God has more than enough helpers to build ever ministry He starts. However, it must be done in His way and in His timing.

In other words, the believer must diligently obey God. That is to very carefully and with a full heart, work at doing what God commands or guides him to do. It is God’s ministry, not the believer’s.

God may not have every one build a ‘titled’ ministry, but every believer is to be a witness and make disciples, which are ministries in themselves. These are best done under God’s direction and leading. In time God will bring the needed support to keep moving forward.

God has a plan for your life. You may already know what that plan is. The question is are you listening to God’s directions on how to make it happen.

As you are willing to listen to and obey God in every area of your life, God will give you the needed strength, help and favor to accomplish His goals for your life. Only God knows how large a ministry He has for you, but you cannot know that unless you diligently obey Him and do what He guides you to do.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice guiding you; that you will obey God’s every command; that you will know God’s favor; and that you will build God’s kingdom in His way. 

Psalm 127:1 Who Is The Builder?

Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. Psalm 127:1

As a house is being built, there are certain things that must be done correctly, or else the house will not stand very well. The right type of boards must be used, the boards must be aligned correctly, the right type of nail must be used, it must have the correct foundation, and numerous other details go into making a house.

The best way to make sure all of this happens correctly is for the person to hire someone who builds homes. The construction worker knows all the correct details and knows how to implement them correctly. He has proven himself with building of other homes already.

Most people do not build the physical house, but they do work at building the house of their lives. The world tells a person that he can build his own life in the best way possible. That person is shown how to strive to be the best on his own that he can be.

The problem with building like this, is that the plans for the house is coming from the world, who really does not know how to build the correct house. The devil is trying to build a home that will eventually crumble in dust and destruction.

As a believer, your body is a temple of God, that is a house for God to dwell in. You may be trying to build that house a certain way on your own…going to church, reading the Bible, and doing good things. But if God is not the architect who is building the house, it will crumble. It will be no different from the house the world tries to build.

God is the only architect who is perfect and knows how to build a house that will stand for all eternity. He has the master plans for your building. Allow God to guide you and build your life into what He knows is best. If you strive to do it on your own, you are wasting your time and will fail in the end.

Allowing God to build you, will ensure that the perfect house for God will be built.

Who is your architect today?

You?

Or God?

I pray today that you will allow God to build your life today; that you will work with God’s plans for your life; that your life will built on the foundation of Jesus; and that your work will not be done in vain.