Some days ago God spoke to me through a clip on Facebook. A lady preacher talked about the importance of making God the ultimate source, about anchoring your life in Him. Yes! I though, that is the message we need before all others that I’m planning on delivering this year of spreading the fragrance of Christ.
I talked to my Dad about it and while we worked on finding a good word to express “source” in Swedish, he gave me the word foundation. That’s what I was looking for! It’s interesting how an idea develops and how talking things through with other people can broaden your mind. Praise God!
Dad has worked a lot in construction. The funny thing is that when he told his mother he was going to be a missionary, she said, “How are you going to be a missionary? You don’t know how to build houses!” That’s the idea she had of missionaries, that they are builders.
Yes, a missionary is a builder, not specifically of physical houses like my grandmother had in mind. But builders of lives on the solid rock, which is Jesus! My dad didn’t know how to build houses, but he sure learned over the years.
The first years on the mission field, in Chile, he built us a house and he built a house on the countryside to let underprivileged children come out and breathe country air and get nutritious food.
His greatest accomplishment in the building business was the Bible Institute in Huancayo, Peru. There he learned many things about construction and foundations. Here are my parents with some of the students.
The stronger and deeper the foundation, the higher and heavier the building can be. Then he said an interesting thing I had never heard. I’m embarrassed to acknowledge that. How ignorant can a person be! You have to dig until you get to the rock!
Could that be where we get the expression to hit rock bottom? There is rock to be found in the underground. Builders of tall buildings have to dig until they hit the rock. Then they can build on a solid foundation.
Apply that to your spiritual life. To build it strong you have to start on the firm foundation, which is Jesus. We know that, don’t we? But it was so interesting to get the picture of digging until you hit the rock and then you have a firm and solid foundation.
Jesus gave us the example of the two builders. Whoever hears his words (what he had been teaching in Matthew 5,6,7) and does them he likened to a wise man who built his house on the rock. “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock” (Matt 7:25) ESV). Whoever does not hear and do Jesus’ teachings is like a foolish man who builds his house on the sand. When the rain and the floods come, the house doesn’t stand a chance. It’s gone!
Our lives have to be founded on the ROCK! If we want to succeed and spread the fragrance of Christ to the world, we need to have a solid foundation. We need to “dig deep,” so to say, and hit the rock. Nothing of what we do will prosper and have the effects we hope for unless we are firmly founded on the ROCK. “The rock is Jesus, yes, He’s the one. The rock is Jesus, the only one.” I’m humming the melody as I write. THE ROCK IS JESUS, THE ONLY ONE! “Be very sure, be very sure, your anchor holds and grips the solid rock.”
I’m sure I’ll be expanding on the subject. Keep this near to your heart. Let the Holy Spirit speak to you about the importance of having a solid foundation in your life. The building materials are also important. Those are the ones we will be talking about this year. We have started with LOVE. That should be the first strong layer of your life’s building. God is love. He is the Source. Seek him with all your might. Fall in love with Jesus. Bask in his presence. Enjoy his company. You can feel the presence of God every moment of your life. As you go about your daily business let the love of God permeate everything you do.
I’ve been busy all week preparing materials for my friend Anita in Sweden. She will be teaching this Sunday a lesson to children about Martha and Mary. Remember? Extravagant love! O, that there would be many more Mary’s offering to Jesus extravagantly.
Don’t forget the importance of a solid foundation. Dig deep until you hit the rock.
THE ROCK IS JESUS!
Sure, you can build superficially. You can build on the sand. But if you want to stay strong through the storms of life you need to build on the rock.
May God bless you with SHALOM as you dig through the layers, until you are firmly planted on a solid foundation.
More to follow!