Serious Christianity starts with choosing the right foundation
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ 24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” 28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, 29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Jesus speaks here about the wise man who firstly hears his words then does the word and equates this to finding the bedrock and then building on the bedrock. If we are to build something meaningful in Gods sight it MUST start by hearing his words
I remember when I was young watching flats being built, starting off with the huge pile drivers that drove piles into the ground until finally they could go no deeper for they had hit a sure foundation of bedrock. The builders were serious about what they were doing for they knew that if they didn’t do the foundation work correctly then sooner or later people would suffer and the blame would lie with them.
Laying foundations to make a magnificent temple (life) that glorifies God always starts like that, by digging down and preparing the ground. Foundational work is what every christian fails in, and we see it manifest by a collapse at the first battle because the most important part of any construction project and every building project starts at the foundation level. The foundation of the truth of Gods word is where every human temple building project must begin. Man cannot live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Deut 8:3, Matt 4:4, Luke 4:4) Knowing his word is knowing Him who is The Word. It’s the most vital foundational fact that if we are to have life we must know God and Jesus Christ whom he sent (John 17:3) Our foundation must be the truth of Gods word.
As the prophet Balaam puts it in Numbers 23:19
God is not a man, so he does not lie.
He is not human, so he does not change his mind.
Has he ever spoken and failed to act?
Has he ever promised and not carried it through?
It is no surprise that the first words uttered by Satan to man was “Did God really say…?” (Genesis 3:1)
BUT – the problem with digging is that it is hard. Everyone loves inspiration – but no one loves perspiration. We love to hear the great preachers – thousands are there when they come to town, no-one is there when they are praying and fasting and seeking God. Everyone wants to come and look at the completed project, but no-one comes when the project is at the digging phase.
Jesus says if my word abides in you, that is to say the “revelation” of His word – the living word of God – this word will make you unmovable, built on the rock. This isn’t about a paperwork exercise, just reading the Bible, but studying until you strike rock so you can say “this is what God told me and nothing and no-one can change it.” When Gods Word tells is something, we can rely on it, and we can build on it.
Studying Gods word takes an investment of time, effort, determination and consistency to dig in – until we strike the bedrock of truth and this you can safely build your life upon. There is only one true foundation to build the temple of our lives upon – the word of God, everything else is doomed to fail. Foundational work is hard but if we do it we will stand firm whatever storm strikes. This is the foundation for Serious Christianity.
Part 1 – Building the Temple
Part 3 – The Temple of God