2005-01-21 - Foundations
Foundations, Part 1
Matthew 7:24-26 (The Message) These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit--but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock. But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don't work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach.
On a recent trip to the mountains, we were taking an exploratory stroll with our dog Pierre. We came upon the concrete foundation of a long-gone building. We didn't know if it had originally been a house, a store, a barn or something else. Many changes had come to the park, with automobiles, people and new buildings. But the foundation of the mystery building remained.
I thought, "that's how it should be in our Christian life." The winds of change blow through our lives. New relationships. New jobs. New adventures. New joys and sorrows. But through it all, our foundation of faith in Christ should remain firm.
That foundation can carry us through the most painful times - not past or over, but through. How do we go about building that foundation? The building blocks include prayer, service, fellowship and Bible study. For the next four weeks, we will look at these foundation building blocks.
To be continued.
Comments or Questions?