Building Our Foundations On God
Matthew 7: 24-27 “24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 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. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” – NLT
The season of Lent is a perfect time for reflection, preparation, and intentionality. It is a time set aside for us to determine how and where our relationship with God is going. For many of us this is a time of deep repentance and growth. For others, it might just be another day and another year.
I am prayerful that you are the latter. Jesus made it very clear that those who follow Him will need a firm foundation with which to place their faith upon. When we are not building on a strong foundation we will be swayed by any storm that comes our way, even to the point of collapse.
The ability for us to maintain our faith in God will be determined by the strength of our solid foundation. The Council of Nicaea met in 325 AD because the body of believers was beginning to lose their foundation and the body of Christ was beginning to sway. This group would take the Apostles Creed and expand it to form the Nicene Creed so that the body of Christ would not forget the basic building blocks of their faith.
If we are going to begin our foundation today, then we must be sure of where we are building it and whose words we are building them on. Human beings are mere mortals and we should take their words with a grain of salt when we are considering the truth and what to build upon. Jesus is not a mere mortal, and is the Son of God, and when He speaks His words are trustworthy. So what did His foundation look like?
Deuteronomy 6:5 – “And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” Leviticus 19:18 – “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.”
This is the basis for our foundation too. Like a good solid concrete footer, loving the Lord your God with all your life, and loving your neighbor as yourself are two very strong places to start.
– Pastor Mike
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