“According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire,” 1 Corinthians 3:10-15.
What are you building with?
Perhaps you began with the foundation and you were loyal for years making sure that you were on solid ground.
But now after a few years of having success, you’ve decided to find other materials on which to continue with the building.
You have had a following and many applauded you for the work that you have done.
They saw in you a man or a woman who followed God’s principles and your heart was seemingly grounded in integrity and honesty.
And now because of your success you’ve decided to find gold and silver to adorn the building that once had the solid foundational stones.
Those stones were strong and they had stood the test of time and they had weathered many storms in your life.
But you took the opportunity because you knew that others around you had also decided to continue building.
And it is a good thing to build, but those called as apostles must especially heed with what materials they are now using.
For as leaders many have looked up to you for your wisdom. So now the choicest stones made of polished materials must be used you think, and the furnishings within should be framed with gold and polished brass.
Now those who follow will know of your success and your ability to govern.
But you see, some of you have forgotten the words of the One who we all follow.
“But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted,” Matthew 23:11-12.
And yet all who have been called to partake in this building that we are all a part of must be careful how they build.
For anyone no matter what their calling is, should use wisdom in their choice of building materials.
Those called as prophets can very easily pick up materials that they think are the right ones.
For as the layers are built-up, one’s eyes can get diverted very easily. One can miss the holes and the cracks that begin to form as the layers are added one-by-one.
You may well think that you are hearing correctly from the voice of the Father, but another spirit has now deceived you.
Don’t think that just because you are grounded in the word as a teacher that your grasp of the scriptures has enabled you to pin-point when and how God’s time table will unfold.
The stones that you began with were solid and were laid correctly, but now upon closer inspection what was once level has now begun to sag.
Go back to the foundation and to the original principles that you once knew. Throw away those stones that don’t match the corners of the previous layers and begin again.
And you who pastor, you were secure at first. You had the heart of a servant. You led with compassion and your sermons gave hope to those around you.
But now your drive for more and more has caused you to implement programs that are of your own making. Your flock has grown and you want something bigger and better.
But your numbers aren’t important, for years ago the few that once gathered were fed and didn’t lack.
But now the diet that you are feeding them has sugar and the things of the world mixed in with it. You have become lukewarm and very soon you will be spit out if you don’t change.
You see, it doesn’t matter what ministry or calling one may have. For we all partake in this building that was laid at the cornerstone of Jesus.
Those foundational stones must be secure, for they must be laid upon by the true doctrines of the apostles and prophets who have gone before us.
And yet even now, those ministries are crucial to the building that must go forward. Find your place within the building and take up your stone and lay it next to another one.
See how its edges and corners fit there. Examine those other stones around you on those layers.
And then rejoice knowing that you are a part of this great building that rises to become a holy temple in the LORD.
“In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord,” Ephesians 2:21.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?