Imagine a sword, upright, sharp edge facing up and the handle is firmly planted in the ground.
We’ll name this sword “sin”.
1 Corinthians 3:12 identifies three inferior materials: wood, hay and straw.
Refer to these materials as “works”.
The world tells us to do good work OR pursue the road of being a good person.
People might not be able to notice your sin because you’ve covered them up with works. More importantly, you may think that you’re keeping sin dormant in your life.
You’ve temporarily been able to shadow the very essence of who you are: a sinner.
You’ve mounted wood, hay and straw to build a bridge above the sword.
You’ve guided yourself and others to safety, but walked across a risky platform.
Society wants to progress with good works and praise legacies.
Therefore, you and your people continue to build these bridges to advance to the next island.
The Bible verse continues on to say that “each man’s work will become evident; the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.”
Those bridges will one day burn; the world will collapse on sin.
It may take more labor and hard work, but let’s build our bridges with gold, silver, and precious stones.
The community and body of Christ will not die by the sword because our foundation endures fire.
Which bridge will you take?
One that encourages good works or one that is built on Christ’s foundation?