Here’s a picture of the new foundation of our own personal “restoration project!” We’re so excited to see our house begin to take shape.
Seeing how carefully the builders laid the foundation reminded me of how the Bible uses the image of foundations. If our lives are “built” to be used to give God glory—to “make Him famous”—then the topic of foundations is an important one. Jesus talked about strong foundations in Matthew 7:24-27.
As I’ve watched people over the years, and as I’ve observed my own life, I’ve seen that one of the most devastating deceptions of sin and the devil is the temptation to build on weak, crumbling foundations. We look to our careers, sexual thrills, romantic relationships, material possessions, a solid investment strategy, or even the latest fly rod or video game for happiness or security in this life.
As we’ve said over the last few weeks, God is building our lives into something special—men and women who can stand with confidence before Him and a watching world, reflecting His goodness, love, and grace in the midst of a dark and death-filled world. There is only one foundation that will do if we are to become mansions of God’s glory, only one.
Paul writes of this building process in the letter to the Corinthians:
For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:9-11).
Are there foundations that you are currently building on that are destined to crumble—ones that will not carry a mansion of size and beauty—that reflects the majesty of our loving God? What are they? If Jesus isn’t the true foundation of your life, ask Him to become that right away.