Stable Foundations

If you have ever seen a house being built, you will know that the first and most important part to be done are the foundations. A house without good foundations will not be stable; it will be vulnerable to all sorts of problems. The Christian life is the same. Without the right foundation, we are vulnerable to the worries, stresses, hurts and fears that the enemy, and ruler of this world, will throw at us. Like any building project, you need direction from a master builder who knows how to lay a good foundation.

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According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:10-11 (NKJV)

Paul is writing here to the Corinthian church: a new church, full of enthusiasm for the gospel, with the demonstration of many spiritual gifts. Yet they are also a church who were still preoccupied with their sinful nature, arguing and debating amongst themselves about which teacher they thought was better. Paul describes them as 'mere infants', with the need to grow up into spiritual maturity.

One way that Paul illustrates this is by giving an example from construction. Paul is like a master builder who laid the foundation of the gospel for the Corinthian church. This foundation is the same now as it was then, the foundation of the gospel is Jesus Christ. Whatever people might want to place as a foundation of a church, perhaps the music, or how progressive they are, or how many celebrity teachers they have, or anything else, those are not suitable things to build a church on. Jesus Christ is the only true foundation of the church. That's what Paul warns the church in 1 Corinthians 3:11.
Where we live, new houses are being built every day. As I walk around, I see builders making the foundations and then they begin to place brick after brick to form the house until it is completed. What I've never witnessed is a builder to try to lay a foundation of mud and water on top of the more solid foundation, and then to put broken and crumbling bricks on that and expect the house to stand firm.

The first and more solid foundation is how Paul describes the gospel of Jesus. Like a builder who wants to build another foundation of mud and water and compromise the stability of the structure, some of the leaders in the Corinthian church were laying a foundation of worldliness and therefore compromising the stability and maturity of the believers who form God's building.

In his letter to the Romans, Paul similarly warns believers to not become worldly but instead have their minds renewed.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

The renewing of our mind is what we do when we take the foundation of the gospel of Jesus and build upon it with his words. We discard all the world's thinking, all the resources the world around us offers us as building material for our lives and we instead use the only building material that God intended us to live by, His word. If you start with the right foundation, and build with the right resources, you will find the building will be stable and secure.

At Stable, we build our lives on a solid foundation in the person of Jesus Christ, the only true foundation. Satan and the world try to convince us Jesus is not enough, that he is not dependable and stable. But the truth is that He is more stable and secure than anything else. Without Him we would crumble.

Be stable and stay blessed.
 

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