Today, we continue to share with you on the topic of laying a foundation. Make sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you have not already done so.
3. Building to Endure
I would say that this is a very key element that needs to be consider. In Matthew 7:24-25, Jesus said,
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”
Jesus does not say that the life of faith is going to be an easy life. In fact, He tells us that “storms” will come and will “beat” on our “house.” As we move forward with this new church plant in the city of Hamburg, one thing that we can expect for sure are storms or opposition. We know that the enemy is not simply going to lie down or roll out the red carpet and allow us to bring the gospel message to the people of Hamburg. Our faith, your faith, will be tested. Maybe you have heard the quote before, “A faith that cannot be tested is a faith that cannot be trusted.” But as we look a little closer at the statements of Jesus here in Matthew we see the outcome of the wise man that built his house upon the rock. It says that “…it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” Simply put, is your life built upon the rock of Jesus Christ? Then be encouraged that no matter what you may go through, you will stand in the end. If not, you may want to read what Jesus says about the man who built his house upon the sand. (see Matthew 7:26-27)
There is something else that we must consider as we discuss the topic of Building to Endure. Paul clearly declares to us that we need to “take heed” how we build upon that foundation. Let’s read…
1 Corinthians 3:12-13 “Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.”
In the text, Paul gives us six materials that could be used to build with. The first set describe the things that will last through the fire and the second set describe the things that will be burned up by the fire. Paul declares to us that “…each one’s work will become clear…” I am not going to go too much into this, but I think it is pretty clear. We need to ask ourselves, “What materials am I using to build into my life?” My dear friend, take the time to reflect on that question.
Now let us consider the following quote from Warren Wiersbe, “Each of us builds into the Church what we build into our own lives.” As we are in our very beginning stages, it is our aim here at CityLight Hamburg to build with the gold, silver, and precious stones. We want to build with the things that will last, but it is important that we do it on an individual level as well. Later on in 1 Corinthians 12:12, Paul declares to us…
“For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.”
We need to remember that each one of us plays a very vital role in being a part of the body of Christ. It doesn’t matter how big or small our role may be, it is vital. Therefore, it is important that we individually building with the things that will last, so that the whole body will be stronger as well.
May we be those who build to endure!