In this era of so much rampant materialism, broken families, degenerating morality and multiple other dangerous conditions of life, I got to thinking about my own life foundation. Even me, who likes to think I’m a pretty solid Christian, has been brought up short in recognising that even just saying that is enough to cause problems. Once you’ve got to a point in your life where you think you’ve no problems, you’ve got a major problem!
Foundations – the most important principle in life the world over – whether it relates to buildings, family, theology, learning – foundations become the base upon which everything else thereafter is built upon. Most of us can certainly relate best to it with buildings perhaps, and those of us who’ve had to buy a house rather than rent would certainly know plenty about ensuring that the foundations of the property are sound. Yet when it comes to our lives which are infinitely more important, somehow we skimp on the important things, and instead focus endlessly on the inane, temporal, and unimportant. Most of us take life utterly for granted and assume that we have a right to every breath we breathe as well as everything else and more for our lives. We fight endlessly for our “rights” in all spheres of life these days, being told it’s our “right” to get whatever it is we think we want, whether that’s peace and quiet, or the “right” not to be offended. We no longer just “get by” but instead have bought into the lie that money is no object if it’s plastic and not our own, and somehow it doesn’t matter how much we spend, so long as we can eventually pay something of it back regardless of whether that’s next to nothing of the debt, or 3 times more than the original.
But what of life itself, the very essence of our being – what right do we have to it and to live it as we please. I would contend, very little in reality. Our own life (i.e. our being) is not something we have any control over – in other words, we didn’t determine the day of our birth, and we certainly won’t determine the day of our death, and in some respects we sometimes can’t determine much of what happens in between those 2 events. We might like to think we do, because God is very gracious and has granted us an inordinate amount of leeway to undertake our lives as we basically please. But that’s not necessarily how He desires us to live them and quite often He will intervene to ensure we move where He wants us to (think of Jonah & the whale or Joseph). He has stated that we were created to worship Him and to use our lives to give Him glory. Pure and simple. No mystery to why we’re here – there’s the answer.
For all things were created in Him, the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers, all things were created through Him and for Him. Col 1:16
And thus, it’s of little wonder that the world, which is in constant rebellion against Him for the most part, is the way it is, with so much rampant evil and destruction abounding. You only need to look at the harmony of the Garden of Eden at the outset of time to recognise how things should be and could be, if we would only submit to Him who created us and worship Him as we should. But sadly Satan has put paid to that for the meantime, and thus only a small number of people actually do what is required of them. There is only foundation that is solid beyond measure, and that is on the saving work of Jesus Christ and His atoning death on the cross for our sins.
For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1Cor 3:11
As in building a house unless you have a solid foundation to start with, the rest of the building will be pointless ; it will serve its purpose for a very limited time, if at all, and certainly won’t withstand the weather to any great degree, so the same applies to your life. You may feel you have no need of Jesus, that your life is perfect as it is, but I would contend that until you submit to Him, you have no idea what a perfect life looks like to make that judgement. Spend some time reading through the Gospel of John and see how well you match up to the life Jesus says you need to have to please God, and honestly assess your own in that light. Then, if you are suitably humbled and recognise that you can never come anywhere close to God’s ideal for your life, submit to Him, acknowledge your sinfulness before Him, confess your desire to have your sins forgiven by Him, and accept Jesus as your Saviour for that purpose. In that instant, regardless of whether you feel anything has happened, you have been “saved” from eternal death unto eternal life, and are a newborn Christian. You will notice a change in your own attitude to spiritual matters over the coming days and others will soon start noticing too – but the real test comes when you speak to others about the change that God has undertaken in your life, and you want to help them to discover His mercy & grace for themselves. Connect yourself speedily to a church (choose carefully – not all churches hold to a bibilcal worldview incredible as that may seem) and to your new “family” of believers who can nurture you in your new faith and help you to grow. Time is running out SO fast at the moment, there is no time to dither over making lifechanging decisions such as this – act NOW!
Now learn a parable of the fig tree. When its branch is still tender and puts out leaves, you know that summer is near. So you, likewise, when you see all these things, shall know that it is near, at the doors. Truly I say to you, This generation shall not pass until all these things are fulfilled. The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, no, not the angels of Heaven, but only My Father. But as the days of Noah were, so shall be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered into the ark. And they did not know until the flood came and took them all away. So also will be the coming of the Son of Man. Matt 24:32-39