1 Peter 2: 5 – ‘You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ’. (NIV)
In 1 Corinthians 3: 11, the Bible says, ‘For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ’. Quick question, in the construction of physical buildings, what do people usually do after finishing the foundation? Have you ever seen anyone move in once the foundation was complete to begin to leave in the ‘building’? So why do we as Christians make our home on a foundation only?
The foundation is definitely complete, but the building is no doubt incomplete. Quite honestly, we have signed up to be labourers till the day of our death. Our lives have become God’s construction site and we are the workers employed by salvation.
1 Peter 2: 5 clearly puts forward what we are supposed to be doing. The Message version puts it this way, ‘Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life, in which you’ll serve as holy priests offering Christ-approved lives up to God’.
What is a Christ approved life? A life of holiness; be ye holy as I am holy (1 Peter 1: 16). A life of service; the greatest among you will be your servant (Matthew 23: 11). A life of consecration to God; present your bodies as a living sacrifice (Romans 12: 1 – 2). The list goes on. In Psalm 51: 17, the Bible says, ‘The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise’.
Matthew 7: 24 – 27 tells us that we have the choice to either be wise or foolish builders. What are you building on the foundation of Jesus? The choice really is up to us, keeping in mind whether or not our buildings will stand when tried.