If you look back on your life, how do you think God would see the structure that you have built? Would it be constructed of eternal materials, on a firm foundation, with the 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?
Whatever it does looks like it will be a testimony, that will speak volumes into eternity. But if it is constructed with things that honor the Lord, the things done by faith for the Lord, it will be extravagant and beautiful.
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 important piece of the building. He is your example to emulate and copy in everything you do. The question is what are you building?
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, for all to see who you have become and what you have done?
Do you not know that everything you build with that is of this world is completely temporary, and will not last? Think about it, has anyone ever been able to take such things from this world into eternity?
No, nothing can be taken from this world except for the souls of men, women, and children. What you have done for the Lord is what will last.
Everything you have done in your entire life will be judged in eternity, everything will be tested by the fire of the Lord, to see if it was worthy of the Lord’s service or for self.
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 faithful work for the Lord. But if you have built a structure over the years with wood, hay, straw, silver, gold, and the temporary things of this world, it is time to stop wasting your efforts and start building with quality materials.
Build as if you are building up the Kingdom of God. Only what is done for Christ will last. Turn your focus on the things with eternal value. What has an eternal value you may ask? The souls of men, women, and children.
These are the only things we can take from this world, and good deeds were done out of selflessness for others. What are the tools we 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 those others wanted nothing to do with. Give without wanting anything in return. Love unconditionally with no strings attached to the broken, weak, hurting, poor, and lost. Sacrifice that others may have and that you may lead others the Christ with His wonderful 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 that we build up true treasures in Heaven.
Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.)
Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are His house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years.
Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’ As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’” Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. Hebrews 3:1-12