1 Cor. 3:10-15
10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 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.
In the New Testament Jesus is often referred to as the foundation or cornerstone as Paul does in this passage, but the foundation is not the entire building. That becomes abundantly clear. While Paul laid the foundation, the foundation itself is Jesus and the gospel. But the reference to “someone else” building on the foundation which Paul laid is a reference to Apollos.
People, in this case Apollos, build on top of the foundation of Christ. But we are all building on top of the foundation of Jesus Christ, the question is what we are building and what kind of materials are we using. Our work will be tested by fire and the kind of work we do as an outflow of our faith will be revealed. The followers of Christ bare a responsibility for what is built on the foundation of Jesus Christ.
What is being built? The church. This is done both on an individual level and a corporate level. Paul laid the foundation, but Apollos was building on that foundation. As we move forward in our series, “A Firm Foundation,” we will discover that spiritual disciplines play a big role in building the church. Some spiritual disciplines are individual, and some are corporate. That means each one of us plays a role and the work each one of us do will be tested with fire in the end.
What are some spiritual disciplines that you struggle with? Are they something you do individually or corporately?