As I drove down the streets in Centerville the other day, I noticed a bit of brick peeking through the layer of asphalt. That reminded me that the asphalt surface is only as good as the brick layer beneath it. Then I realized that the brick layer is only as good as the prepared dirt surface beneath it. When we build a layer on top of another, it’s important to be sure we are building upon quality work.
Your character and attitudes are a reflection of your parents; and theirs reflect their parents. I remember — and you probably do, too — the first realization that when I opened my mouth, my mother’s words popped out. I wondered, “Where did that come from?” But I knew — it came from deep inside. I’m also a reflection of my grandmother’s shopping habits. Raising a young family during the Depression, when she found things on sale, she stocked up — really stocked up. It’s true — it’s ingrained in me to shop like my grandmother.
The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:11-15, “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day [of Judgment] will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved.”
The work we do, the lives we live are under continual scrutiny. Society judges us; our family and friends judge us; even total strangers judge us. However, in the final analysis — none of these judges will be able to pass sentence on our lives. The way to escape eternal punishment is by knowing THE Judge and his criteria for salvation. The Apostle John writes in 1 John 5:12, “He that has the Son hath life; and he that does not have the Son of God does not have life.” That’s it — the Judge has publicized his standards. Our fate depends on what we do with Jesus.
In as much as mothers and fathers lay a good foundation, they want their children to build upon it. This is the same with our Heavenly Father. A life build on Jesus Christ is built on a solid foundation — and is built for eternity.