THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
BEING GOD’S BUILDING
Today’s reading: 1 Corinthians 3:9-17
Who or what are we? Paul, writing to the Corinthians, says,
“For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s
field, God’s building.” (1 Cor 3:9). In other
words, all of us are the people of God. That basically means
two things: evangelization and holiness. We are to be the
body of Christ that will proclaim the gospel of Christ. We
are set apart by God to share in His divine work. To be set
apart is to be holy. “For the temple of God, which you
are, is holy.” (1 Cor 3:17b).
all this the focus is always Christ, “for no one can
lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely,
Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 3:11).This is why we in CFC-FFL
have as our very first Core Value being centered on Christ.
We are to be holy as God is holy.
are to evangelize because Jesus sends us to do so, and what
we do is to proclaim Christ.
God’s building, the Holy Spirit resides in us. We
as individuals are temples of the Holy Spirit, and collectively
are God’s edifices--whether it is the family, the
Christian community or parish, or the universal Church.
every Christian, who carries the name of Christ and professes
to be his disciple, is to build. Some of us, like Paul, are
“like a wise master builder (who) laid a foundation”
while others are “building upon it.” (1 Cor 3:10b).
This is purely “according to the grace of God given
to (us)” (1 Cor 3:10a). Given God’s graciousness
and the importance of the work given to us, “each one
must be careful how he builds upon it.” (1 Cor 3:10c).
we all have different gifts and talents. We may build “on
this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood,
hay, or straw.” (1 Cor 3:12). But all are important
to the overall work. Each one has a contribution that helps
build up the body to enable it to do its work. As such, each
of us will be accountable for our own work. As God is the
one to judge, “the work of each will come to light,
for the Day will disclose it.” (1 Cor 3:13a). Then we
will either pass or fail. “If the work stands that someone
built upon the foundation, that person will receive a wage.
But if someone’s work is burned up, that one will suffer
loss” (1 Cor 3:14-15a). Wage or loss, it will be up
to us and to how we have worked.
this task of building the body that will do God’s divine
work is so important that we will not only be judged according
to our work, but woe to us if we do things that would weaken
the foundation or even destroy the building. “If anyone
destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person”
(1 Cor 3:17a).
while there are those who will deliberately seek to destroy
God’s body, we who are part of the body would not think
of doing so. But we might unwittingly be doing things that
weaken the body. In what instances could that happen?
we gossip, and end up putting our brethren down. Pope Francis
calls such people as Christian murderers!
we judge or malign our brethren. Only God can judge, and
a Christian, who should be loving, should not malign others,
especially their co-workers. Maligning others, especially
leaders, leads to strife and disunity, thus weakening the
body, perhaps even destroying it.
we are not proper stewards of what God has entrusted to
us--our time, talent and treasure. If we deprive the body
of these, we weaken its life and mission.
we do not obey Jesus’ command to go and proclaim the
gospel. We fail to share Christ, which is the task of every
So each of us are called to holiness, as part of the body
of Christ, in order to be used by God to do His work. We need
to recognize the profound reality of who and what we are.
“Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and
that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Cor 3:16).
If we did know, if we did realize how important our calling
is, then we will truly strive to be holy, to build and not
destroy the body, and to be God’s co-workers.