03 October: A Lasting DIY Job

When DIY jobs can end in the most comical or the most catastrophic messes, today’s chapter is about being careful how we build…

READ 1 CORINTHIANS 3  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


Looking at the twisted lump of lighting wires hanging out of our kitchen ceiling and Mark standing on a metal ladder with a metal screwdriver in his hand, I was definitely nervous! It makes me wonder if most of life is about getting away with ‘bodge jobs’. I can live with the foundation of our kitchen floor slanting down into one corner, just so long as that ball of wires, that Mark pushed back up into the ceiling, doesn’t catch fire!

In today’s chapter, Paul questions ‘who laid the foundation’ in my life [v10], and whether it’s the right foundation with the “building permissions” from my Creator. [v11]  If I then build up from that, with the right materials [v12], when the books are open and the inspector shows up[a], my life’s work will be shown up for what it is – because the Day (that “Day of the Lord” which has been predicted for millenniums) will bring it to light. [v13] And, just like any DIY job, there’s always going to be consequences for going cheap and cutting corners. [v14]  If I’m wanting my personal life to be an ever-lasting DIY job when I meet my Maker, I should stick close to the Master Builder and His Plan – it totally saves having problems later! [v17&23]

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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to speak directly to the Master Planner? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[b]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in Heaven, how great is Your name! Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”

My heart is steadfast for You my God, my heart is steadfast. I’ll sing, yes, I’ll sing Your praises! [Psalm 57:7]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: God’s Loving-kindness for the Philippines[c]
  • Your Nation: Missions work & events in your country
  • Yourself: Compassion for others
  • Your concerns for today
May Your eyes be open to the supplication of Your servant, Father God, and to the plea of Your people. Please listen to me whenever I call to You. [1 Kings 8:52]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Help me, Lord my God, not to be someone who gropes about at midday because I’m blinded by my sin. I know that I’ll not prosper in my ways but I’ll only be oppressed and robbed continually, with no-one to save me. [Deuteronomy 28:29]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one…”

Thank-You for sending us a Redeemer for those who turn from transgression. You, O Lord, have declared it and it is true! [Isaiah 59:20]

“ For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory for ever and ever. Amen”

When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[d] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = A Good Caretaker

Jesus said: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” [Matthew 6:33]

[a] Daniel 7:10 (See also 7:26)

[b] Matthew 6:5-15

[c] http://www.operationworld.org/country/phil/owtext.html

[d] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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