1 Corinthians 3: 11 – 15
11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
The major test of the durability of any structure is on its foundation. However, the foundation of a house can be solid but the materials and skills used in building on it might be faulty thereby resulting in a great loss. Paul encourages us as children of God to build on no other foundation but on Jesus, and when we build, build carefully considering the materials you make use of.
Inasmuch as this applies to our spiritual work with Christ, it also provides direction on how we should live a successful life here on earth. Consider everything you do as a building having a foundation. The foundation of such a building can be the source/root of whatever you do. It is important as children of God to remain blameless in our dealings with men, for the devil is always apt at accusing us. In your business, marriage, or life as a whole is there something the devil can accuse you about?
Building with the right material entails having things done properly and in accordance with the will of God. Colossians 3: 23 says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,”.
As long as you have accepted that offer, your labor is no longer as unto men but unto the Lord.
Remember, as children of God, before you accept any offer (business deals, or job) you must ensure it is the will of God, i.e, it is a foundation needing to be built upon else you will be like the foolish man who built his house on sand (Matthew 7:24-21).
Before a wise man begins to build (invest time and resources), he must ensure it is on the Rock (Jesus is in it)
By Joshua Sopuru