For those of us raised in church we remember the song about the man who built his house on the sand. When the rains came down, as preschoolers we delighted in smashing the house.
But the truth of that song can’t be denied.
Anyone who builds a house knows how important a strong foundation is. Living previously in Southern California, I’ve watched enough beach houses clinging to the side of a sandy cliff, crumble into the sea!
And the same principle applies to many areas of life, right?
Marriage. Parenting. Friendship. Business.
All require a solid foundation. Thank God, he has an answer for that. (Are you surprised?)
We’re in the book of Luke (6:12 & 19, 46-49). Jesus has gone off and spent the night talking to God, his Father. When he comes back he has power to heal people, deliver them from demons and teach them. He had to spend time with God, in his presence, before he was equipped to carry out his daily life.
Jesus tells us to start with a firm foundation.
He says that there are 3 things that will lay that solid and deep foundation:
- Come to Jesus – Hang with him. Spend time in his presence.
- Hear his words – Don’t let them pass over, or read them without taking them in.
- Put his words into practice – Do what he says, and you will be on solid ground.
Jesus is a rock. Our rock.
He’s happy to have us stand on him, cling to him, even lie down and soak up some rays. No matter what storm or flood comes, we can stand firm when we’ve claimed a spot on the rock. Otherwise, life’s storms will destroy us.
Our power and strength come from being with God.
If you don’t know Jesus or call him your Lord, what a great way to start the New Year! He’s waiting for you to recognize your need for him, confess your sinfulness and receive his great love and forgiveness to take you forward into a solid way of life.
If that is you, getting solid is as easy as this:
Jesus, I acknowledge you are the Son of God. I need you. I’ve done things my own way, but I’ve been wrong. I want to turn around to you and your ways. Thank you for forgiving me by your death and making a way for me to be with you by your resurrection. Amen.
If you’ve decided to make Jesus the foundation of your life, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to celebrate with you!