10 我照著神賜給我的恩典，就像一個聰明的工程師，立好了根基，別人在上面建造。各人要注意怎樣在上面建造， 11 因為除了那已經立好的根基以外，沒有人能立別的根基。那根基就是耶穌基督。 12 如果有人用金、銀、寶石、草、木、禾秸，在這根基上建造， 13 各人的工程將來必要顯露，因為那日子必把它顯明出來。有火要把它顯露出來，那火要考驗各人的工程是怎樣的。 14 如果有人在這根基上建造的工程存得住，他就要得到賞賜； 15 如果有人的工程被燒毀，他就要受虧損；自己卻要得救，只是要像從火裡經過一樣。
10By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13his 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 man’s work. 14If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.
- The metaphor of the building indicates that, first, we’re workers with God. And second, we’re worked upon by God. We’re both the builders of the church and simultaneously part of the church that is being built. We’re constantly in a state of both being the church and becoming the church. When we pour our lives into the work and we become the actual materials for the church that God is building. Under the direction of the Master Builder, we are being transformed. An insignificant and even a rather ugly brick becomes a significant part of a beautiful structure, built to the glory of God.
- Pray — Ask God help me to be his faithful worker in building his church, also to cooperate with his formation work in me to become more and more like Christ.
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2011 “Spiritual Journal” book.