…like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 3:10-11)
There is nothing to build on besides Jesus Christ. This is the most important element of being a wise master builder, a proficient discipler for Christ. If we miss this, all our labors will be in vain. For Jesus is the who, the what, the how, and the why for whole of ministry. There is no other name by which men can be saved or grow in their relationship with God (Ac 4.10-12, Jn 14.6), He is the “who.” We have no other objective in ministry than to help men and women become like Him (Lk 6.40, 1 Jn 2.6). He is the “what we do.” We use His life and words as the supreme model for “the how” we disciple others (Jn 13.15). And we are compelled by His sacrifice and commands to give our lives for others (Rev 1.5, Mt 28.18-20). This is “why” we do ministry. Every part of our existence and activity is focused squarely on the person of Jesus Christ and His authority. Anything less is simply a waste of time (Phil 3.8).
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