Simplicity Series #26
Building for Eternity
“If anyone’s work which he has built on it [the “foundation,” v. 11]
endures, he will receive a reward.” 1Co 3:14
Review from Simplicity Series #25
The Two Dwellings
“… I go to prepare a place for you … and … I will come again and receive you to Myself;
that where I am, there you may be also …
If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him,
and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” Joh 14:2-3, 23
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears My voice and opens the door,
I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Rev 3:20
Here is a possibility worth pondering: What if my eternal home, which Jesus is now preparing for me, is an eternal reflection of the home which I now—in this life—prepare for Him?
I do not think there will be an exact correlation, for the simple reason that our Lord is far more gracious than we can imagine, yet I do believe there will be some relationship between the two based on Paul’s warning in 1Co 3:11-15.
While we do not often realize it, every day we are building for eternity—either like the wise builder or the unwise one (Mat 7:24-27). Knowing this truth should spur us to much greater faith and faithfulness.
It seems reasonable that the “storm” mentioned in the Matthew 7 passage is equivalent to the “fire” spoken of by Paul (1Co 3:13). This could also give a new insight into and application of John’s warning, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Mat 3:11b).The Building Blocks
The Holy Spirit has come to be our “Helper” in building the spiritual life (Joh 14:16). The word translated “Helper” (parakletos, NKJV) has a wide range of meanings. It can be translated “counselor, helper, comforter, advocate.” It represents a full range of ministries which correlate to what Jesus Himself did for His disciples, hence, “another Helper,” in the place of the departed Lord. In the case of the Holy Spirit, the “advantage” to us (Joh 16:7, NKJV) is that while Jesus could only be in one place at a time, the Holy Spirit can be with every believer at all times.
The Spirit of God comes to aid and assist us, but not to do everything for us. There is a need for cooperation through faith and surrender (“yielding,” Rom 6:13) to His authority and guidance. So what are the building blocks of the house of the soul? Actually, there are two aspects to this question.The Personal Building
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness
through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises,
that through these you may become partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2Pe 1:2-4
In becoming “partakers of the divine nature,” we are building within us the character and nature of Jesus Christ Himself. Peter is speaking of the personal, or individual, responsibility to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2Pe 3:18).
In this work of transformation (see Rom 12:1-2), Peter, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, gives us seven building blocks or, if you prefer, “seven pillars” of wisdom (Pro 9:1). These are listed as:
Here we have the building blocks for the house of the soul on a personal level. In our next post, we will see the corporate building blocks, without which these seven pillars of wisdom have no full meaning. Let me close with a little poem that encapsulates what we have studied so far.
Builders for Eternity
R. L. Sharpe
Isn’t it funny that Princes and Kings,
And clowns that caper in sawdust rings,
And common folks like you and me
Are builders for eternity?
To each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass, a book of rules;
And each must build—’ere life has flown,
A stumbling-block, or a stepping-stone.