Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-
I can’t remember the last time, I shared something with you all. I’ve been consumed with school, church, extra-circulars and have carved out some time to hear from God to speak to you. So… I was thinking, what good is a home without a solid foundation?
Really though, if the foundation is cracked underneath the house- how long does that house have before it caves in?
I would say, not very long. Foundation is everything! The one thing, the Lord has been speaking to me about is foundation. Specifically, the foundation of our faith, and our churches. As I was sitting in this study room, mentally prepping for finals- I was reminded of the parable of Jesus about building our houses upon rock vs. building them on sand. You know the story! Maybe??? We are supposed to build our houses on rock so that when the storm comes and the winds blow, our houses can withstand that storm. If we however, build our houses upon sand: when the storm comes and winds blow, our houses will cave in and fall to the ground.
So what are our houses? Our house is our heart. The innermost sections of ourselves, the center pivotal focus of our spiritual walk with God. It is in our hearts that we make a majority of our decisions. Similarly, where our treasures resides, our heart resides there also. So as a believer, someone who follows/believes in Christ, it is very important that Christ is positioned at the center of our hearts. It is very important that he resides within us there.
So if our house is our hearts, what’s so important about rock?
Rock is sturdy, steadfast, not easily moved by condition and circumstance. I’ve never seen a rock adjust because of someone’s feelings or because someone had an opinion about it’s purpose or use. Rocks remain in position regardless of the change happening around it. Therefore, if our faith in Jesus is built on a rock, it can’t be easily moved by bad news and awful circumstance. Unmovable faith is not shaken by sickness, disappointment, or loss. Unmovable faith is not shaken by the validation or opinions of others, but remains steady during times of change. Unmovable faith is built on a rock.
So… what about sand?
Sand is unsteady, not sturdy, inconsistent and easily moved by condition and circumstance. When we go to the beach, as soon as the tide comes in the sand underneath our feet moves in response to the seawater. Therefore, if our faith in Jesus is built on sand, it’s fickle and changes based upon our feelings. If we feel like we love God, then we do. If we feel like we don’t, then we don’t. One day He’s friend, next day He’s enemy. There is no consistency in the time we spend with him. There is no consistency in our witness and if others were looking to us to point them toward him, they would not find the way. Faith built on sand, breeds confusion, anger and waste.
Why does this matter? Things in life are going to happen. Some good and some terribly bad- it’s apart of the process and if our foundations are cracked or not steady then when these times come we won’t know how to withstand the storm. Can you imagine being in a home with “sandy” foundation in the middle of a Hurricane? Think about it, the fact that you are within that home can costs you your life. Would you not rather be in a sturdy home built on a “rocky”/ solid foundation? I believe that God is challenging our foundation, and he wants us to truly find out if we’re built on rock or if we’re built on sand.
Since we are the church, when we gather together- in an organized fashion, either we are worshiping on rock or we are worshiping on sand. Churches built on rock produce fruit, demonstrate maturity and walk in true love. Churches built on sand live in carnality, produce church hurt and discord, and contain a building of immature stagnant individuals. Let’s build upon rock, in fact let’s build upon the Rock who is Christ himself. He is worth building our faith, churches, and simply our lives upon. Let’s build upon Him!
Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.
Words of Jesus, Matt 7:24-27 NLT
Until next time,