“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”  (Psalm 127:1, NIV)


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Imagine building a new home with the very best materials and craftsmanship. It is a work of art, exactly what you and your spouse were dreaming of. When the day arrives to move in, a building inspector walks up to you and hands you a notice condemning your new home because it doesn’t meet code.

Many people in the workplace who invest years in their careers will one day stand before the Lord only to realize they were building up their own house – not the Lord. Before we do anything, we must ask: why? Why are we doing what we are doing? Has God called us to this task? Or is the real motive purely financial? Or control? Or prestige?

“If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.”  (1 Corinthians 3:12-13, NIV)

David learned this principle by the end of his life. Throughout his life he had learned that God always tested him to find out what was in his heart, and what his motive was in his actions. David instructed his son to, “… acknowledge the God of your father, and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts.” (1 Chronicles 28:9, NIV)

This is a good day to stop and take a look at your “foundation”. Make sure it is strong enough to hold up through all kinds of diversity. Our foundation is with Christ and nothing else. Ask the Lord to strengthen your foundation by filling you with His Spirit this Tuesday.

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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  1. There are two stories in the Bible that I see as being different although quite simular. These stories are called to mind as I read “purely financial? Or control? Or prestige?”. The other “God called us to this task” responsiblity. The stories, parables Minas and Talents. Thanks Dave. I am not always considerate of my words but in the end the truth stands.


  2. So true: I am also asking the Lord: Lord, what do YOU want me to do. Because there are so many things I could do, but I want to do what God wants me to do!


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