Laying the right foundation

This past Sunday’s second reading was from first Corinthians and it has stuck with me since I read it on Saturday with some friends. The passage talks about how we are God’s building. It also mentions how we lay a foundation but then aren’t the ones who build upon it. The part that particularly has been resonating with me this week says,

“Each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there namely, Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:11

This line has been making me rethink literally everything I do. In particular, it was a wake up call for my youth ministry. I’ve noticed now that I am in my second year of ministry I’ve started to get into a groove. The thing is when you get into a habit of doing things a certain way and feel comfortable you tend to forget what the overall purpose of what your doing is. At least that’s true for me. I was going along on my merry way and then the Lord smacked me in the face and reminded me that this work is not my own. He reminded me that not only is the work not my own but it is my job to make sure everyone I work with recognizes that we are working WITH Christ not just for Him.

It got me thinking that I need to be better about asking what the Lord wants in my ministry instead of just making the decision for myself. I want my ministry to be what the Lord wants because then He can really work. Not that He won’t work otherwise, but think of the power He will have if I’m doing all that He wants in the way that He wants me to do it.

This verse also has influenced my personal prayer life. I have started to reassess where my foundation lies. Specifically, that if my foundation is in Christ then I need not worry about anything. I am trying to get better about recognizing the Lord in all places in my life and trusting that He will provide for me.

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