Foundation: Rock or Sand Josie Prieto
Any architect knows that a solid foundation is essential to any building. Once the foundation is laid, supports are put in; permitting the rest of the structure to be built. Who better to show us what a foundation looks like than the original Architect of this world?
“I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” Luke 6:47-49
Jesus explains the difference between a wise builder and a foolish one. A builder who is wise hears the Word of God, applies it to his life, and as a result, stands firmly through turbulent times and can stand any storm. However, because the foolish builder doesn’t obey or apply God’s principles and instructions, he’s ruined when a raging storm hits his life.
As a Christian your spiritual foundation is vital to your life, both here on earth and in eternity. The key here is to follow God and submitting to His wisdom which will enable you to build a solid foundation based on God’s values. When you base your life on Him, there are a few areas you will need to continually focus on to cultivate a strong, healthy spiritual life. This will benefit you; others will reap the blessings as well.
YOU MUST HAVE FAITH-Your trust in God, your growing relationship with Christ, and your obedience of God’s Word are all crucial to building a solid foundation of faith. When the storms of life come your way, you’ll be grounded in biblical truths and remain steady as a rock in your moral beliefs. You’ll remain strong inwardly by trusting in God’s sovereignty. When you disobey Him, your foundation will begin to crack.
Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
FAMILY AND GODLY FRIENDSHIPS-Relationships are important and should be cherished! The people in your life and your relationships with them are important to God, and they need to be valued and esteemed fittingly. God desires that you love others and seek to build them up, not tear them down. This is something to be mindful there are many people that may surround you that can have bad intentions you need to make sure that you don’t fall into the trap. Keep away from gossipers, manipulators, angry and bitter people.
1 Corinthians 15:33-34 “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.
FINANCES-Being a good steward over your finances is a spiritual discipline that blesses God, others, and you. Living outside of your means, amassing material possessions, and accumulating irresponsible debt are unwise.
FOOD AND FITNESS-Your body is God’s living temple; His Spirit resides within you. When you harm your body, you’re dishonoring God. Keeping your body healthy is a spiritual discipline that is part of the life God calls you to. Living a healthy lifestyle also permits you to carry out God’s greater plans for your life.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER BELIEVERS- It’s important that you’re planted in a local church where you can worship God, hear His Word, and fellowship with other members of the body of Christ. There, you’ll grow and mature spiritually, as well as be able to put to use the spiritual gifts God has blessed you with.
When invest yourself in these ways, you’ll become more connected, relatable, financially stable, physically, emotionally, and socially fit to live a life of influence for Christ.
After all, He’s the chief cornerstone of your faith!