I Corinthians 3:10, “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.”
As a kid who grew up in the military community, I have had the opportunity to live in a multitude of different places and meet hundreds of new people that I probably wouldn’t have gotten to know without it. While memories eventually fade and get replaced by new experiences, I’ve learned that sometimes the tiniest things are what stay with you the longest. As the years go by and the moves pile on top of each other, each uprooting and each replanting has taught me about the importance of influence.
For some odd reason, after I became a follower of Christ in high school, the frequency of my family’s moves increased dramatically. During the time when I was supposed to be being discipled and poured into, it seemed like we couldn’t stay in one place, let alone one church, for more than a few months. What was happening to the foundation that Christ was laying within me?
Christ’s Foundation in Me
Verses 12 and 13 continue by saying, “Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stone, 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.”
With each transition I was introduced to new people, new communities, and new theologies. Whether I was part of them for a long time or for a short time, each one added to the foundation that Christ was laying in my heart.. Rather than stunting my spiritual growth, it intensified it as each move purified the new additions in my heart-foundation, causing the temporal to fall away and the eternal to take root.
While these verses are primarily concerned with our work in founding the kingdom of Christ here on earth, I believe they can also be applied to our relationships with one another.
The Foundation of His Kingdom
As we work to bring glory to the Kingdom of God in Heaven, we are simultaneously building upon the foundations for the Kingdom of Heaven that God is cultivating within each of our hearts through the Holy Spirit. This idea has caused me to change the way that I love others because of it.
In relationships we often adopt the mindset of “How is this person impacting me through our relationship?” While this is an extremely valid question to ask yourself, I think it is infinitely more important and more fruitful to think about how we can best impact others through our relationships and interactions with them.
The Spirit of the Living God resides in each one of us and together we make up His Kingdom on earth. From little every day demonstrations of patience and kindness, to life-altering declarations of sacrificial love and justice, let us strive to lay enduring and holy work upon the foundation that Christ has laid in each of us.