Looking back on your life, how do you think God would see the structure you built? Would it be constructed of eternal materials, on a firm foundation, with a beautiful framework, and of great value worthy of the admiration of the Lord? Or would it look like this old barn, rickety, airy, and ready to fall to the ground? All because it was built on temporal things.
Whatever it does look like, it will be a testimony that will speak volumes into eternity. If you have built with the things of this world, you will suffer loss. But if it is constructed with things that honor the Lord. The things that are done by faith for the His kingdom. It will be beautiful and bring great rewards.
According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder, I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:10-11
The Lord Jesus Christ has been laid before you as your foundation. He is the cornerstone, the most critical piece of the building. He is your example to emulate and copy in everything you do. The question is, what are you building with? Are you constructing a structure to satisfy your flesh or your worldly desires? Is the castle you have risen up full of your successes, accomplishments, and accolades for your own personal pleasure? Is it for all to see what you have done?
Do you not know that everything you build with these things will be for nothing? The natural thing of this world will be left behind? If you build things for selfish reasons, there is no reward. Think about it, has anyone ever been able to take anything from this world into eternity? No, nothing can be taken from this world except for the souls of men, women, and children and what you have done for them and for the Lord. These are the things that will last for eternity.
Everything you have done in your entire life will be judged by God. Everything will be tested by the fire. Your deeds will be tested to see if they were for the Lord’s service or for yourself. Don’t forget the motivation of your heart. This, too, will be judged because nothing can be hidden from the eyes of the Lord.
Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 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. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. 1 Corinthians 3:12-15
So I say to you if you have been building with eternity in mind, praise the Lord and keep up your good work. But if you have built a structure over the years with selfish motivations, it is time to repent and start building with eternity in mind. Build as if you are building up the Kingdom of God. Do everything for Christ, keeping what has eternal value in mind. That is what will last.
What has an eternal value, you may ask? The souls of men, women, and children and to do all sorts of good deeds as the Lord directs with a selfless attitude. What are the tools you should use? But the fruits of the Spirit and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-25
Go and put your struggle, hard work, sweat, and blood into loving the lost, hungry, weak, homeless, lonely, forsaken, rejected, and those who can not defend themselves. Love them, building upon the foundation, the example that Christ left. He loved the lowly and weary. He was compassionate and kind to the sinner, and He even forgave His enemies.
Give without wanting anything in return. Love unconditionally with no strings attached. Do good to the broken, weak, hurting, poor, and lost. Sacrifice that others may have and that you may lead others to Christ with His Gospel. This is how we build up treasures in Heaven. It is through loving others and sharing the Gospel to save the soul from death. Build a structure worthy of God’s praise, and one day you will receive praise.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this, all people will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-34