Foundations are important. Whether under our houses or in our spiritual lives, what we choose to build on is vital to our maturity and well-being.

Eternal Perspectives      by Sally Bair 

A firm foundation  

Our dog Pal miscalculated the movement of the ocean tide one day. While in a hurry to jump aboard our boat, he realized too late that the dock remained steady but the boat did not. With front legs on board and back legs stretched to their limit as the boat drifted away … splat! Down he went in a belly flop, a look of surprise on his face. What happened to his firm foundation? With wounded pride, he sulked for an hour.

Unlike Pal, most wild creatures make sure their “homes” have a strong foundation. Beavers work daily to keep their houses and dams fortified. Eagles keep their deep, thickly built nests secure year after year.

We humans try to build our houses on a firm foundation, too. But what about our spiritual houses? Some use the wrong building materials. They may build their lives on their savings accounts or on health care. Many choose religion, which might include their faithful church attendance, the faith of their parents, a short devotional reading every morning or even their good works. However, the Bible teaches something different.

“According to the grace of God which was given to me [Paul], 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 3:11)

Paul goes on to tell us that as members of the Christian Church, we are the temple of God and His Spirit dwells in us. As such, we are holy unto the Lord, something He takes seriously. Instead of involving ourselves in unloving actions, we are to follow Jesus’ example of love and forgiveness.

Such actions require constant, daily care. Like animals who tend to their houses with faithful perseverance, we should be diligent to keep our spiritual houses in good order. When we find ourselves thinking or speaking words that bring discord instead of peace, we can confess and repent. The same applies when we decide to forego our daily quiet time with the Lord through His Word and prayer. Such actions undermine the strong foundation of our faith in Him who loved us enough to suffer and die for us.

Lord, thank You for the firm foundation of Your Word and Spirit. Cause us each day to check the status of our faith, to confess and repent when needed and to love and obey You each moment. In Jesus’ name, amen.