What Foundation do you Live Upon?

Is your foundation upon a rock or is it upon some other material? The word “foundation” is in the Bible 48 times, so it bears consideration into the meaning of what lies behind the word.

Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like;

He is like a man who built an house, and dug deep, and laid the foundation on a rock and when a flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it; for it was founded upon a rock.

Luke 6: 47-48

In this scripture Jesus spoke these words right after the sermon of the “Beatitudes.” Let us take note that this was said after he said, “for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh,” [Luke 6:45]. We must always consider our heart, for out of our heart flows the issue of life. Taking that into consideration will help us to define where our foundation is laid upon. A good firm foundation on a house is of the utmost importance and everyone knows that in the city a skyscraper must have a good foundation. Have you ever seen the beginning of building a skyscraper? Tall structures need to have a low center of gravity to support the structure, so it must be dug deep until bedrock is found. This can be 85 meters deep. Bedrock is the key to a strong foundation.

When you think about the depth you must dig down to build a skyscraper.  You can understand the importance of what Jesus was saying in this scripture about the foundation.  If the foundation is laid upon a rock or bedrock, it will be able to withstand a flood. I have seen houses flow down a river of water after a big storm hit. It is like the great St. Patrick Day Flood in Pittsburgh in March of 1936. When the rain melted the snow, it carried down the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River a large amount of water and reached past the flood state of 46 feet.  It flooded the city, yet some buildings were left standing.  Read more about it at Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle. You might say why bring this story up? Because it drives the point home of having a firm foundation to withstand the storm. How about the classic bedtime story of the “Three Little Pigs?” Have you ever thought about its meaning? Jesus is concerned about the foundation you are living on. Is your foundation built upon the rock or is it build upon something else?

The word foundation means the act of laying, establishing, or setting a building with support. Jesus is saying that whoever listens to His words and does them is a wise person who build’s his house upon a rock. In other words, it is Jesus himself who is the rock, the firm foundation and the support is His words. The apostle Paul exclaims this in 1 Corinthians 3:11.

For other foundation, can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is our foundation, and we should take note of His words spoken in red in the Bible. When building a foundation, you must dig deep. This means you must dig deep into the meaning of the words of Christ in the Bible and ask Him to reveal its meaning. It is the Bible that is our moral compass for living every day and Jesus exclaims if we do them, we will be building a house upon a rock. We must dig deep and allow it to fill our hearts and change us so we can stand strong when the floods come. This is the Christian service that those who are called and saved are now fellow workers with God. We are God’s building being built up for good works [see 1 Corinthians 3:9]. It does not matter who is planting or watering in the garden that God has put us in charge of. What is important is who is the center of our foundation.  Our focus is on our foundation, and we must build upon that foundation only and not on anything else like gold, silver, wood, hay, or straw [see 1 Corinthians 3:12]. The foundation will be tested stated the Apostle Paul in verse 13 of 1 Corinthians chapter 3.

In fact, the whole chapter 3 of 1 Corinthians should be read in context to where our foundation is laid. We are not to deceive ourselves as thinking we are wiser than others.  We are not to give glory to men. We are to glorify God in giving us, a sure foundation in Jesus Christ. We are one body in Christ, and we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus. This means that you are created to do good works and not evil works. This means that God has a plan for your life in being fellow workers in building upon the Kingdom of God. Working in the place where God has placed you and where you will grow to see the wisdom of God. We are all growing to become a holy temple in the Lord for a habitation of God through the Spirit states Paul in Ephesians chapter 2 verse 21-22. You need not feel alone for you are fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God [see verse 19 of Ephesians 2:19]. And in the same chapter of Ephesians 2 verse 20 it states that we “are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.” I would say” hallelujah!” Is this not a blessing?

Yes, it is, for all things are yours, salvation, healing, eternal life, and much more. All things are possible through Christ Jesus, because he is the chief corner stone of a sure foundation. You can build upon Jesus Christ by digging deep into His foundation and allow him to build you up into a holy temple. Ask God to help you to become a holy temple today. Rely upon Him to give you the answers you seek. Make sure your foundation is built upon Christ only and not upon any other foundation that way you can have the full assurance of security.