I Corinthians 3:11-13
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done.
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Neuschwanstein Castle is that ornate German castle that has been photographed so often that is recognized throughout the world. It is the quintessential quaintly-towered, ginger-breaded fortress tucked in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. King Ludwig spared no expense to build it, He bankrupt government funds to make his kingdom of personal isolation grand. After his death the castle was opened to the public and stands as much for its external beauty as it does for its internal hubris. There are vast spaces inside the castle that are still unfinished. No one beyond Ludwig had a vision for this tiny kingdom. We are building our own kingdoms and what we are building will eventually be revealed for what they are - the Day will come. And when that Day comes may we be found standing, living and loving on the foundation that is more than our own egos. May we building our lives on the footprint of the cross of Christ. .
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Help us sort through the clutter, Lord, to reveal the power and the value of a sure foundation. Amen.