Today’s Readings: Genesis 49; Luke 2; Job 15; 1 Corinthians 3
As children, we remember the story of the Three Little Pigs, and in grade schools this story may come up now and then. As we reflect on this fable the moral is about what we build our house with and whether or not it will stand based on “various trials”. What we build our foundation on makes a difference. I know someone who builds houses that could definitely go into more details, but the house I want to focus on today starts with one Cornerstone…Christ.
I Corinthians 3:11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Our foundation plays a factor in all life moments. This includes our “highs and lows” (as we call them around our dinner table) and everything in-between of our daily lives. Each day our foundation prayerfully shows characteristics of faith, prayer, wisdom, truth, humbleness, obedience, patience, giving, forgiving, and love. When we have laid this foundation in ourselves we can depend on the Lord for everything. A daily foundation based in God’s truth, love, and grace will help us to keep a mind of Christ. Just like our wisdom that comes from above, so does our foundation in life.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Luke 6:48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.
The foundation we create starts in our own lives based around God. It starts with me. If my foundation is made with the wrong materials or my blueprints are off it can be detrimental. This is something I experienced for many years of my life.
2 Timothy 2:19 But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”
We then impact our families and everyone we interact with. Our Christ filled foundation impacts our heart, words, and actions. You will leave a legacy with your family. Often in education people will talk about the legacy they would like to leave with students and colleagues. Our most important legacy will be with our family. Your family always sees everything we say and do whether you want them to or not. A daily walk with God as our foundation will build a foundation in your family. I pray daily that as a family we live more like Christ each day. I pray that God helps me to do this. If there are any legacy’s I hope to leave it is that God has to be the center of everything. If you build your life on the foundations of God’s truth it can never be shaken.
Matthew 7:24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.
On what have you built the foundation of your life? Is it holding up?
What distractions in your life keeps you from fully building your foundation on the Bible?
Dear God, Let us always make your truth be our foundation. Let your perfect Word guide us daily and not let storms shake our foundation. Its about you and not me. Thank you for our foundation built on you Lord. Amen