According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.
For no other fountain can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ."
1 Corinthians 3:9-11 (NKJV)
When I was a child, I would build what I called a "fort". Either I would put some chairs together, draping a blanket over them, pile up some cushions from the sofa, or in some other way make an enclosure that was my special place to be. In my mind, what I had created was a wonderful thing, but what I had built was not really very stable. Because I was creating this "fort" in our house I had a good foundation to build on, but my flimsy structure would not have withstood anything. Even though I had built something with good intentions on a good foundation, I had not built with the right materials.
Paul talked about being a wise master builder who laid a foundation. Paul went on to say that Jesus was the foundation that was laid. Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Christian life and Paul spent his life telling people about Jesus. Paul then helped people learn the significance of what Jesus did to help those same people build on the foundation of Jesus Christ. Once we receive Jesus as our Savior our foundation is settled and then we build our life on what Jesus has done for us. But, as Paul said, each person has to be careful how they build on the foundation.
Just like Paul said, there are many things we can use to build with, but is what we build in our life based on Jesus and what He did for us? Some Christians struggle in life because while their foundation is secure, they have never spent the time to get to know God through His Word and what they have built their life with is contrary to the Word. What we believe, do, and say in our life must be based on what Jesus did for us, which is revealed to us in the Bible. If we build our life using something else, we will not build a truly successful life.