Foundation Words

28 04 2014

Barcelona 2013 053

“Why are you so polite with me, always saying ‘Yes, sir,’ and ‘That’s right, sir,’ but never doing a thing I tell you? These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on.
“If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last. But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss.” Luke 6:45-49 Msg

 

The Word of the Lord is life giving and a solid foundation for building our lives. The truth of His Word establishes the building blocks of love and redemption that is available through Christ. We can build our tents and houses on the blowing sands of our best thought and the ways of this world but they only provide fleeting moments of shelter. Jesus is the Rock. He is the solid foundation for building our lives. His Word and the Holy Spirit provide the eternal building blocks for us to use when we set the stage for our living. We are to work His Words into our lives. Not just reading His word but establishing them as a way of living.

 

For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.
Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.
Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames. I Corinthians 3:9-15 Msg


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