Read 1 Corinthians 3
Focus on verse 13-14
A few weeks ago there was a sand castle building contest at a beach near us. While I did not witness the contest itself, we did go to the beach the day before the contest and my son and I did our level best to build a sand castle of epic proportions. The thing about sand castles on the beach is that no matter how big or impressive they are, they tend to have a very short lifespan. When the tide comes in and the waves start licking away at the base of the castles they very quickly begin to collapse and disappear.
In today’s reading Paul talks about how if the foundation of our life is not built with solid material, it will all come crashing down around us at some point.
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. (v. 13-14)
The wood, hay and straw that Paul mentions is the things in our life that do not last. The foundation of our life is the principles that we believe to be true, which influence the choices we make as we make our way through this adventure we call life. If the foundational principles we hold to are faulty, the structure we build upon that foundation will not withstand the storms of life that inevitably will come up on us.
On the other hand, if our life is built on the firm foundation of God’s truth, there is a much better chance that we will come through the storm of life as survivors. So the question we must ask ourselves then is – “what am I building my life upon?” If I am taking the time and effort to lay a solid foundation upon the “gold, silver and precious stones of God’s truth, there is a good chance that which I build upon it will withstand whatever comes my way.
If, however, I am building on wood, hay and straw, it will only be a matter of time before everything I build on top of this faulty foundation will lie in a pile of ruins around my feet.
Everything we need to build a life of success and fulfillment is found in God’s word, all we have to do is put in the effort to mine out the gold, silver and precious stones with which we can build. This will take much longer and involve much more effort than building with wood, hay and straw, but in the long view it will save us time and effort as well as heart ache as we only have to build it once