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Take Heed How You Build (1 Corinthians 3:10-11)

Introductory Thoughts

The Bible clearly points out that by God’s grace the apostle Paul laid the foundation which is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. All those who have come after the apostle Paul have built upon that foundation. It is with this in mind that Paul warned believers to take heed how they built upon the foundation. The foundation has been laid, and no other foundation can be laid, but each believer must carefully examine the means by which he builds upon Christ. Not only should believers take heed to their daily walk, but self-examination is also necessary in their manner of service for the Lord Jesus Christ. Each believer should search the scriptures to ensure that his efforts glorify the Lord. Far too much effort is self-serving and selfish and not God-centric. Self-examination helps define one’s motives.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Every saved person should live so that his life encourages others to want to know God. He should depart from evil and do good (Psalm 34:14a; 2 Timothy 2:19; Ephesians 2:10; Titus 3:8).
  • (For everyone): Is your service for the Lord scriptural? Are you careful to consider the importance of the manner in which you serve? Upon what basis do you judge your work and motives?
  • What are some reasons why it is so important that believers examine their service for the Lord? How can our service harm others? How can our work for the Lord help others in their labours?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to guide you in building upon the foundation.
  • Ask the Lord to help you examine your labour for Him.