“No one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw-- each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15)
There is a lot of good that we can do in this world like feeding the hungry, taking care of orphans, advocating for social justice, helping the poor, all kinds of things. However, what this passage tells us is that no matter the good that we do, Jesus needs to be the foundation of everything that we do. A foundation is what gives shape and direction to the whole house.
The foundation for all our good works should be sharing the good news of what Jesus has done through dying on the cross for our sins. If we are doing good, but not sharing the good news, what we are doing might impressed others, but it will not be valued by God. God says good works not done on the foundation of sharing the good news of Christ, get burned up and there is no reward in them. God wants people to come to know Him and He wants to use us to make Him known.
Don’t go to heaven with nothing to show for your life but a bunch of smoke from all the good things you did being burned up. Live for the true reward, the reward of knowing that you used your life to share about Christ.
Question: How are you using your time, talent and treasure to share with other people about Jesus?
Challenge: Share your faith with one person this week.
Prayer: God, help me to live for what truly matters. I don’t want to settle for just people’s praise. I want them to know you. Give me opportunities to share my faith and the boldness to take them.
Jeff Boettcher, Chapel Leader -- Philadelphia Phillies