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(c) Lisa Guinther 2013
I believe that as Christians who are called to build God’s kingdom on earth, we are also called to build up our inner nature, you know, the one that is being “renewed day by day” (2 Cor .4:16), and if we are to be “transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:2) then we need to study, read, learn, and grow.
I am convinced that the process of learning is the precious gems, gold and silver you build on the sound foundation that is Jesus Christ. (cf. 1 Cor. 3:11) That is what St. Paul is writing about in that passage.
"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...because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward. If the work is burned up, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire."
1 Corinthians 3:11-15