2004-08-14 - A Firm Foundation
The Scripture Reading today is from Matthew 7:24.
Matt 7:24 "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock." (NIV)
Today I am going to share a story with you about a foundation. Our church's building is about 20 years old, and the sanctuary is on the second floor. About a year ago, we got a donation of wood to redo our stage, and we also received volunteer support from members of a church in Alabama that were in town for Vacation Bible School and street witnessing in the city.
We had our first Christmas musical on the stage in December. The stage already seemed flimsy when people were walking across the stage, and with the large number of people on the stage, it only got worse.
We planned to redo the surface of the stage and put a laminated surface on top. After a recent prayer service, we pulled up the plywood (particle board), to see what we needed to do to level the surface and remove the "squeaks" and the "creeks". We figured that we would just "sweep" up a little bit.
After removing the surface of the stage, we found that the old stage was still below the new stage. In many places, the new stage was not even secured to anything but to itself. It was mostly lying on the surface of the other.
Along the back of the stage, close to the wall, there was a section that was supported only with horizontal 2"x 4" boards set at about 16 inches apart, whereas the rest of the boards were 2" by 6"s. Many of the 2"x 4" boards were cracked. In other places, we cut boards too short, and they didn't reach the distance they were suppose to reach. Some boards were nailed in crooked.
We originally thought that we were going to "sweep" up a little. But we found out that our foundation was completely bad. This brought to mind the idea of building upon a firm foundation. It was no wonder that the stage had the "squeaks", the "creeks" and needed more than the "sweeps."
We made the wise decision that we are going to completely remove the stage and start anew. We're going to build on a Firm Foundation. The next plan was to be put our feet on solid ground, literally, as we removed the rest of the stage down to the bare floor. Eventually, we will have the stage floor rebuilt on a firm foundation that will be safe for all people.
When it's time to celebrate and worship Jesus as a corporate body, we will celebrate on a firm foundation.
That is a physical foundation.
Now I have a question to ask you. Are you on a Firm Spiritual Foundation? Do you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that your life is secured in Heaven? Or do you believe that you have to do something to maintain it by doing some work, like going to church every Sunday and taking communion to make you better, and you hope that by doing this you will get into Heaven?
If you can't say, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you have a secured place in Heaven, you are just hoping that you will make it there, and you want to be secured - then by all means please e-mail me.
I remember learning, as a child, about the foolish man and the wise man.
We would sing a song. Some of you may know it. Some of you may think it's foolish, but trust me. It is wisdom from God's word. The song goes like this.
The wise man built his house upon the rock,
God Bless You,
I want my life just to be for the Glory of God.