Three Reasons You Need Firm Foundations
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
- Matthew 7:24-27
Jesus us pretty clear in the above passage: we need firm foundations in our faith. To fail to do so leaves us flimsy and vulerable in this life. As we look ahead to Foundations Fortnight - a two week stretch in February where we will be putting a sharp focus on our foundations as a church - here are three reasons you need to get involved and make sure your foundations are rock solid in Jesus:
1. Solid foundations mean you can weather storms. Life is far from plain sailing. At some point every single one of us are going to face trials and challenges. The difference between those who stand strong and those who get washed away by the cares of life will be who dug down and based their life on the bedrock of Jesus. Which are you?
2. Solid foundations give you depth. There are few in this world who would take being called "shallow" as a compliment. The truth is though, that if you don't take the time to allow the word of God to sink down deep and change who you are in from the inside, then all you will ever have is a shallow faith. Depth in Jesus means you read the bible, you allow God to press on, challenge and change the unholy bits that are in you and all of us. You allow God to drill deep into your soul how wonderful, loving and trust-worthy He is.
3. Solid foundations mean you can build up. Has God given you dreams of great things? Projects, ideas, ministry, businesses. There's no end to the inspiration God can give and has given many of us. He cares about us though and He cares about the dreams He's placed inside us. The truth is weak character is the undoing of many a genius. Is it possible to build up without first digging down into the very fabric of your character? Yes. However, what you build is flimsy and fragile. Truely solid people, with great foundations in their realtionship with Jesus allow God to do the deep, solidifying, hidden character work. When they get called to build up, what they build is enduring and strong.