What (or Who) Is Your Foundation?
I’m certainly not a builder…unless legos are the construction material…but I know the importance of a good foundation. When I worked in the Washington D.C. area construction started on a 10-12 story building near where I worked. At lunchtime I would often take a walk by that site and I was amazed at how deep the construction team was digging and how much effort went into the foundation. It almost appeared that the effort and time spent underground was as much as what was spent above the ground. In construction, if you don’t get the foundation right, it is only a matter of time until the visible building collapses. In 1 Corinthians 3 we see Paul emphasizing the importance of our spiritual foundation. Starting in verse 9 Paul writes this: “9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 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. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Paul is referring to his efforts with the Christians in Corinth. Through his teaching and example he had helped them construct their lives on Jesus Christ and he exhorts them to continue to build on Him. There are a lot of “foundation materials” available in the world today…career, physical looks, money, power, fame, sports, etc…and none of these materials are necessarily evil or bad. But they are not good materials for a foundation of life. They can quickly change or disappear and cause an entire life built upon them to collapse. Build on Jesus. Make Him, His word, His church, His people, the foundation of your life. You won’t regret this decision and as you allow God to construct the visible parts of your life, you will be pleased with that process and you will be a strong witness, a tower, to those around you.