Thanks to Mike Colombaro for the inspiration for this blog post

After being involved in the building trades for decades I have had the pleasure, and the pain, of working with all kinds of building materials. One thing is certain, it is awful hard, if not even down right impossible, to make a quality product out of lousy materials. Even little kids learn from the story of The Three Little Pigs that if you want a quality home, a house that will endure, that you need quality materials like brick, not straw or sticks.

Jesus drew a parallel between a person’s life and a building. He warned people to be careful what kind of foundation they built upon and even tells us that one day the work of our lives will be have to pass the greatest of all “building inspections.” The inspection will be a test of fire where if you have used quality materials it will survive but if not, then it will be burned up.

Passing inspection means you will receive a reward for your craftsmanship, which requires that we do our work in the strength of the Lord and for his glory. This is likened to building with gold, silver, and costly stones. Whereas, whenever we do anything in our strength, for the glory of our flesh, we will suffer loss because it is like building with wood, hay, and straw.

1 Corinthians 3:12-14.
But if anyone builds on the foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become plainly seen, for the Day will make it clear, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire itself will test each one’s work, and show of what kind it is. If anyone’s work that he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward.

The gold, silver, and costly stones are fireproof—the latter, wood, hay, and straw aren’t. So, which kind of materials are you building with?