It’s a weighty thing to read, “If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy and you are that temple” (1 Cor. 3:17).
In other words, Paul warns that if anyone destroys the building of God’s church here on earth, they prove themselves not to be true Christians. How do we know that’s what he says? It’s simple. Paul says that God will destroy that person. God doesn’t destroy Christians. He only destroys those opposed to the true Foundation of Jesus Christ. This isn’t the same thing as what Paul says in verse 15 — that a person’s who’s work is shoddy will suffer a “loss” of rewards. Shoddy work and destructive work could be the same, but Paul seems to be differentiating between the two.
This is one of those verses that makes me pray harder, confess more, and repent quicker. I want to do my best to present myself to God as one approved, as a worker who is not ashamed because I have rightly handled the Scriptures (2 Tim. 2:15). O God, help me be one approved. Help your church and those in it be skilled laborers and not destroyers.