“Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 3:10-11 NLT
A foundation is something that is permanent it something that is built soley for the purpose of supporting weight and structure. When people remodel a house they can practically remodel anything without fear of destroying the home, but when you begin to tamper with the foundation you are in danger of compromising the entire structure.
“Build without Compromise”
The body of Christ faces many challenges in this world today and proabably one of the biggest is this word diversity. We are trying to reach out to different ages, different cultures, different likes and dislikes. And their is nothing wrong with trying to use different methods to try to reach the many different diverse people in this world. The problem arises when we sacrifice the word, doctrine, standards and the such to make people feel comfortable. When we begin to compromise our beliefs and our faith for the benefit of growth and cultural relevance then we are in danger of building where God has not called us to build. We run the risk of ruining the entire structure for the sake of acceptance and relevance. Methods and strategies are fine as long as they do not compromise the foundation on which your faith has been founded.
“Just because the foundation is strong does not mean the structure is habitable”
Many churches have such a fear of change that they hold on to dogmas and cultural doctrines believing they are protecting the foundation. The pharisees in the time of Jesus had so many dogmatic, cultural standards that it was impossible for any person to enter into their faith and just as equally difficult for those born into their faith to hold up to the standards which were deemed foundational in their beliefs. Dogmatism and cultural irrelevance will paralyze the church and bring it into a condition where it cannot survive in the diversity of today’s world. Its like building a house with no windows, no one wants to live there and those that do live there feel like they are in a dogmatic, culturally irrelevant prison.
Paul said, “I laid the foundation like an expert builder” this is so important to understand. There are so many ministries out their today and the honest truth very few are experts. The danger of building and not being an expert builder is you run the risk of building a structure that cannot stand under its own weight. It is not habitable, its dangerous, it may look nice, sound nice, feel nice but when the storm comes it will not stand. I am reminded of the words of the prophet Habakkuk, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge”.
BECOMING AN EXPERT BUILDER
“Study the Blueprints”
Do you have to go to bible college or seminary to become an expert? The answer is an emphatic no! Then how do I become an expert builder? By devoutly and passionately studying the blueprints (the Bible). I must be sure that my understanding is correct before I begin to build first my spiritual life and secondly invest in the spiritual lives of others. Becoming and expert builder is not complicated but it is a lot of work. As a matter of fact it is a lifetime of spiritual practice. It is…
1. Devoutly Studying His Word
2. Maintaining a faithful daily prayer life
3. Consecrating your life to God through the discipline of fasting
It looks simple enough but to become an expert builder costs. It cost your time, it cost personal convenience, it cost your money. It is simply put a life of sacrifice to God. It is God’s seminary and you must practice in His presence on daily basis. Then and only then will you be qualified as an expert builder able to build wisely and powerfully in His Kingdom. Their is no greater reward that I know of then to know that I have invested in someone’s life God’s truth. The result is a saint a Christian taught and founded in the principals of God’s Word able to instruct others. This is what being an expert builder is all about.
“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” Psalm 119:18 KJV
© 2007 Apostolic Messenger Minister Daniel Bracamonte