“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.”
(1 Corinthians 3:11-15 )
I was told by my father a story from my paternal grandmother’s life when my father and my aunt were quite young. My grandmother came down with tuberculosis and was forced to be away from her family for at least a year. It was an understandably difficult time for my grandmother because she missed her young children and husband so very much. Her doctor told her that stress and worry would cause her recovery to take a longer time, and she must rest and find peace in order to get better.
Her background was Jewish, although I do not think they were orthodox or lived strictly kosher. So the place where she found her comfort was an unusual one; she turned to the Christian Bible. And there she found a support and comfort that carried her through her time of confinement. And she emerged from the hospital a strong Christian woman who converted her husband to Christianity. My grandfather in time became a minister, and served in various postings. It was the Mennonite faith where they found their religious home. A Hungarian Jewess and a Scotsman as a pastoring Mennonite couple; I wish I could have known them at that time in their lives.
The writer of I Corinthians says that if one does not build on the foundation of Christ with worthy materials, what is built will not survive. My grandparents have been gone for over 25 years, but the legacy they left in family and ministries survives to this day. Time has not diminished it. Struggle and adversity has not sidetracked it. The principles and beliefs that formed their lives stand firm. And their passion for spreading the good news lives on in their granddaughter, me. They have always been an inspiration to me, and this comforts me and helps remain firm and determined when challenges threaten to overtake me.
Jesus Christ laid down an unshakable foundation when he lived and ministered in the flesh. And he proved with his life that the foundation he set down is unmovable and unshakable. It is up to us, the children of God, to build on that foundation the hope and faith that future generations will look to and us. May you, gentle reader, use the foundations and building blocks that have been set before you. Selah!