There have been a few times in my career when I have stood alongside a building inspector and listened to him critique work that was done. There is a major difference between human building inspectors and the Judge of all the earth (Acts 17:31). Paul realized this and said, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Corinthians 5:10). Inspection day is coming!
In his earlier letter to the Corinthian church, Paul challenged them about how they were building. As “a skilled master builder,” he wanted these believers to think very carefully about both the foundation they built on and the materials that go into the building. The foundation must be Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11), because there is no other foundation in the eyes of God. The next question is whether the materials we build with into our lives, marriages, families and churches, is the type that will survive the test our Master Building Inspector will bring?
“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” (3:13).
There is a serious problem that most of us avoid. “Let each one take care how he builds upon it [the foundation]” (3:10). In others words, between now and the time when our Master Building Inspector comes, the responsibility rests on us to diligently examine our building materials before they are used. Are they truly biblical without mixture? Have we tried to combine man’s material with Scripture, hoping no one notices the difference? Of course, there is freedom in “form,” but I am referring to clear principles that are “absolutes” in God’s Word.
Let us do our own inspection before “the Day” comes and the final test reveals the materials we have used. Be sure in your building there is nothing that will cause you to “suffer loss” (3:15)!!
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