Foundations

Dave Jones 

"For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ." I Corinthians 3:11

The fifty-five-story skyscraper began to sway and vibrate as the earth tremors grew more intense. The quake climbed to 7.0 on the Richter scale and smaller buildings collapsed into mounds of wreckage. When the shaking stopped and the thick dust cleared, the skyscraper was still standing. Developers and contractors had planned for the worst, and their foresight paid off. Fortifying the structure with extra steel beams and a special shock-absorption coil system had cost thousands of additional dollars, but when the ultimate test came, their investment stood firm. The inner reinforcement provided the strength and sturdiness, and without this internal network, the concrete would have crumbled and collapsed.

In His parable of the wise builder, Jesus made that same point: the foundation is everything. A life built on self-reliance and self-seeking motivations is destined for collapse. But a life based on the lordship of Christ and obedience to God’s principles is unshakable. Routine, righteous habits of worship and obedience reinforce our inner foundation for the unstable circumstances and temptations we encounter while living in a sinful world.

Our strong foundation includes routinely having private times with God. Regular times of Bible study, confession, repentance, worship and petition will undergird our faith. Moreover, obedience to God’s principles – being honest, keeping promises, working hard, having fellowship, forgiving others and so on – will strengthen our reliance on God. And finally, when we long to please Him because we love Him, our passion will reinforce our determination to endure the turbulence encountered in our life.

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