February 17, 2021
For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11
Often have I striven to lay a foundation by my own efforts, by my own strategy and strength. Whether it be in my earlier career as a banker and real estate appraiser or now as a pastor, missionary, and counselor. I do not intend to labor apart from God’s direction. I truly desire to work where the Holy Spirit is working. That’s where I will be most productive in growing Christ’s kingdom. But it is hard to know the motivations of my heart. While I have good intentions, they do not always align with God’s will.
So how do I shape my desires with that of the Father’s? As always, by prayer, the Word, and community. Paul was strongly committed to all three of these anchors as he built on the foundation of Christ. They work as a check and balance. Relying on one without the others is like standing on a three-legged stool that is missing legs. We need to ensure that our plans align with Scripture. Then we need to turn to God in prayer to discern the “when” and “how.” Lastly, we need feedback from godly believers who will candidly affirm or challenge our plans. This is our only means for building on the foundation of Christ.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling