You do not have to be an architect or builder to know that for every lasting building, every building that is to stand the test of time, the foundation is critical. Even trees give themselves a firm foundation by reaching deep into the soil with their roots. This shows how important the foundation is for every building.
Bringing this to spiritual matters, the foundation on which you build is also critical. The foundation cannot just be any foundation, it must be a firm foundation. In these times when winds of false doctrines, depression, and destruction are blowing, it is encouragement that Jesus Christ is A Rock and The Eternal Rock. It is encouraging to know that He, for every believer, is a firm foundation.
What are you building your “house” on?
Are you building your spiritual life on the idea that God is a get-rich-quick scheme? Many people have been blinded to see God as only a way to make money. They come into the faith because they want to ease their financial burdens. Yes, God blesses believers financially and wants them to prosper, but we must not go as far as building our faith in Him because of this. Some Christians give not because of love but because of their mindset that God will give them the money back in more folds. The idea that God is a money doubler is wrong and we must never build our “house” on this.
Build your house on love because Scripture tells us God is love (1Jn. 4:8). God’s only language is love. Some people have left ministry because their foundation was shaky in the first place, it was never built on love. Jesus could carry through with the responsibility God had handed over to Him because He built on love. Not fame. Not money. Not power. Just love.
Build on the truth of the gospel. Eventually, lies and exaggerated promises will be revealed for what they are but only the truth stands. Lies will change and fail over time but only the truth remains evergreen. You cannot build your house on prophecies alone because that’s the easiest way to fall prey to false prophets. Know the word for yourself. You must live in the word, constantly studying and attending meetings where the word is being rightly divided (2 Tim. 2:15).
Who are you building your “house” on?
The only firm foundation we can ever get is Jesus Christ. Scripture describes Him as the chief cornerstone (2 Tim. 2:7-8). That is, the reference rock for every other rock to be used for the building. If you are depending on people, they will fail you. Not necessarily because they want to fail you but because they are still humans after all. Only Jesus Christ never fails. He is the One who does not change. He doesn’t lie or deceive or make empty promises. You can build on Him.
For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.1 Cor. 3:11 ESV
What it means to build on Jesus Christ, the firm foundation is that you remain unshaken. Before Jesus’ ascension, He warned the disciples to be wary of people that may come to confuse them saying this is Jesus, that is Jesus. He told them not to give it a thought. He wanted them to build on Him, observe what He has done, and pay attention to what He has said so they would not fall prey. Christians still lose their bearing and fall prey to false doctrines and prophecies because they at some point, placed their bricks on a foundation other than Christ. (Lk. 6:47-49)
Building on Jesus means being built to last. It is no news that life is full of challenges. Jesus told us of this beforehand but He said to be of good cheer as He has overcome the world (Jn. 16:33). If you are not built on Jesus, the winds of challenges and tremors of tribulations will make you crumble.
Jesus gives us the parable of the builders, one who build his house on sand and one who build his house on the rock. From basic knowledge, we can understand that the one who builds on sand will soon lose his house because sand is loose, porous, and not strong. But a rock is firm, persistent, and resistant to turbulence. This is the thing, Jesus is that rock. And not just any type of rock, but the Eternal Rock. Scripture calls Him the Rock of Ages. Therefore, whatever is built on Him is built on a firm foundation. It means such a building will not crumble easily. (Matt 7:24-27; Isa. 26:4; 1 Cor. 10:4)
It doesn’t matter how beautiful the house you have built is, it is totally useless if it is built on sand. Light winds and mild tremors will bring every one of those bricks crashing to the ground. Even if the building itself is made of bricks, so far as the foundation is faulty, it will crumble. Build on the Solid Rock, the only one there is. Build on Jesus Christ.
This is an opportunity for anyone who has built on foundations other than Christ. You can make a change today. You too can talk about being built on a firm foundation. All you have to do is believe in the Lord Jesus.
Say this prayer: “Dear Jesus, I thank you for your sacrifice of love for me. I make you the Lord over my life today and forever. From now on, I live in the eternal life you have given to me. Amen”.
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