My family and I moved into a new home in 2001. We had been anxiously waiting for our home to be built and had gone through the usual delays that seem to be pretty common to that process. One thing that happened didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but proved to cause us issues in the months to come: there was a crack in our foundation. An accident occurred during the building process that resulted in a small crack. Repairs were made and we were assured that the problem was resolved. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Small patches were applied until eventually, years after we had moved in, it became necessary to do some major work to deal with the issue. Foundations are really important.
Foundations aren’t really visible. Things can look beautiful on the outside, but they can be crumbling on the inside with no one being able to see it. But everything, absolutely everything, hinges on what kind of foundation you have. Is it solid?
Our spiritual lives aren’t just part of our life. Some of us operate with a kind of compartmentalized approach to life, but that doesn’t really work. If we have surrendered our lives to Jesus Christ, He wants to invade every part of who we are and give us something rock solid to build on. Shutting Him out of areas of our lives leaves us vulnerable to attacks from our enemy and our own self destructive tendencies.
What is your foundation built on? Is it your own competency, your own abilities? Is it your financial status, your accomplishments, your family? None of those are bad things, but they are the sand that Jesus is referring to. They aren’t solid enough to build your life on. Because when you are relying on yourself for your foundation and you mess up, and eventually you will, your foundation begins to shift and is no longer stable. The truth that Jesus provides is the only rock to build your life on that will stand when the storms come. His truth tells me who I am, my value, and my worth. My identity is in Him, not what the world tells me. Whenever I search for my worth and identity outside of Him, it always puts me on shaky ground.
How is your foundation today? Sometimes we find cracks in our walls that require a good bit of work to repair, but the end result is worth it! God wants us to be whole and that can only come through Him. No matter where we are or what we’ve done, it’s never too late to repair and strengthen our foundation.
New Hope Church