According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.1 Corinthians 3:10-11
This week I attended a sales meeting where much of the discussion returned time and time again to the idea of a solid foundation. The analogy worked in my meetings and it worked two thousand years ago as Paul described in the verses above. Why? We all know a well-constructed home requires a solid foundation and when it comes to spiritual truth, nothing is more than the infrastructure that underpins what we believe.
And all of this refers back to the words of Christ –
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”Matthew 7: 24-27
We’ll come across this later in the letter, but here is the foundation of our faith from Paul – “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15: 3-4).
There are many denominations, but only one Faith that is dependent on the truth rooted in the Gospel. Paul refers to himself as “like a skilled master builder.” How careful are we in building on the foundation of our faith?