If anyone builds on this foundation [Christ] using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. If what has been build survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved – even though only as one escaping through the flames. – 1 Cor 3:12 & 14
Paul is talking about what we put our faith in and what we work for. They were laboring for Paul and for Apollos, fighting about which one they should follow instead of Christ. Their works were not pointing to Christ, but to men. The argument was a moot point because neither of these men is Christ and so they were building with shaky materials. I must work for Christ alone and to the purpose of delivering HIS Gospel, so that what I build will stand the test.
The question now is, how do I want to enter into heaven, with praise from the father or with my pants on fire? When I go out into the harvest and work for Him, doing all things in His name and pointing to Him, then I am building with Gold and precious stones. However, if I say, “You ought to come to church and check out our band,” then I rely upon the things of men and build with stray and hay. I cannot preach anything but he Gospel and His glory.
If I preach anything other than Christ, then I am giving a false account of salvation. It is not the music that saves us, it is not preaching that saves us, it is not a great skit or attention getter that saves us, but only the Grace of Christ. Without that, without the Good News I have nothing. So when I go about my day today and I do things for the name of Christ, let me make them great things that are truly for the Lord.
Let’s not go out and just invite people to Church, let’s share with them the Gospel of Christ, the reason why we have a Church body. Let’s not rely upon men to do the work of God, but lets water the people so that God may grow them into great Christian men and women for His name’s sake. Let’s get into heaven on praises and not with our pants on fire as “one escaping through the flames.”