Now turn in your Bibles, if you would, to 1 Corinthians chapter 3. 1 Corinthians chapter 3 and verses 10-15 and that really is the text that ties all of our look in the second class and Proverbs together and, if you see in the slide in front of you, how to make sure your life doesn’t get burned up. There’s that reminder texts that we need to always keep before us. That we have an appointment. Let’s read together 1 Corinthians chapter 3, you follow along in your Bible and then I will read.
“According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a…” and what is the next word in your Bible? “Wise.” Now remember, Proverbs teaches God’s way is the wise way, the way of wisdom. What does God’s way lead to? Eternal gain. Now, do you remember what the Lord said? That all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is going to pass away when we, as believers, unwisely live for what is not eternal.
Verse 10 says, “as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation,” and take heed how everyone builds on it, but let each one take heed.
Paul gave us an example of how to live wisely, investing his life. When we don’t live life wisely, our life gets burned up. Verse 11, “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Christ Jesus.”
Verse 12 of 1 Corinthians 3, “if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw…” Remember there are six building materials which speaks of the fact, we have so many choices in life. I like to say that life is like pushing a shopping cart. Here in America, we have Walmart and when you come in the door at Walmart, they give you this big basket with wheels and you push it around. The same thing as E Mart or anywhere you live in the world. They have places like this, where you get a basket, and you can put anything that you see into your basket. If we’re not cautious, what we put in the basket of our life will get burned up.