Foundations. We all have them. In Matthew 7:24-27 Jesus tells us that there are only two types of foundations – those built on the Rock (Christ Jesus Himself), or those built on sand (any other thing). If we want to build anything that will last, Jesus says that we will need to build on Rock. As Christians, we build on the foundation than Jesus Christ (1Cor. 3:11). As part of our current sermon series at The Bridge, we are taking stock of the doctrines of Christ, the belief sets that we, as Christ followers, are to build our lives on.
Living in this world, we will all experience storms. Jesus tells us in John 16:33 that we will have difficulties in this world but that we are to rest in the unshakeable, assured, deep peace He has given us. He tells us to take heart! If His words are not our reality, and we find ourselves feeling insecure, afraid, and doubting God’s goodness, it may be time to revisit and check if our belief sets are still in line with our foundation, Christ Jesus our Lord. The question we can ask ourselves, “Is Jesus and His Word still at the center of my life, of what I am believing, speaking and doing, or has fear, disappointment, impatience etc. enticed me into a another way of building?” If our response is the latter, the biblical answer is always the same, repent.
The prophets and Christ Himself, command us to change our mind and thereby, our way of thinking. This change in our thinking is to result in a corresponding change in our actions. Romans 12:2 calls us to think higher or to think the way God does, so that we may in turn, act like He does. How? By renewing our minds by the washing of the Word. If we follow Holy Spirit’s leading, and have access to a Bible – the Word of God, then we have all that we need to build a life that will withstand the strongest of storms, the deepest of disappointments, and all that life holds. When we are immersed in God’s Word and Spirit, we will always remember in Whose loving hands we are held. We will know the Truth and we will be able to live free.
If we have not done so already today, let’s open our Bible and let God’s Word and Spirit be the building blocks for our day and every day to come.
We thank You for Jesus, the Word incarnate, and for Your Spirit, who is always with us. Help us to daily look to Your Word and be led by Your Spirit, so that we will stand in the storms. May we, Your love and with Your help, teach others to do the same.
In Jesus name we pray, amen.