Back when we were in negotiations to buy this house, we had a lot of things to consider. One big concern we had was the integrity of the foundation. The home inspector seemed to think there might be something wrong with it based on a crack he had found. We made a deal with the seller to let us have the foundation looked at by a professional. We paid a hefty amount to have a structural engineer to come inspect the foundation and the structural integrity of the house. Oh yes, you can fix damaged foundations, but it would probably cost just as much to level the house and start over! I could paint walls, and install new appliances and floors to my heart’s content….but, what good would it be when the floors start to sag, the walls crack, and the roof starts leaking? A good foundation is rather massively important!
In the Bible, Jesus tells a story about two men who built themselves houses. One is on a solid foundation of rock, the other’s house is built on sand. When the weather got rough, and life did what it does best, one of the houses fell. You know which one! His point was, your life, just like a house, is built on something, a rock or sand, and it’s either going to stand or fall. Now a life is kind of more important than just the house you live in right? I think it deserves a tad more attention. We do health and safety inspections of all sorts when building a house. There are building codes and standards for every detail of a house for a reason. All those rules and regulations don’t seem too silly when they keep you from getting electrocuted when you plug in your toaster, or keep your basement from caving in on top of you. Nobody would want to buy a house that was just slapped together any old way! Unfortunately, choosing to live a life that is built any old way, on a foundation of who knows what is just as foolish…and yet, so many choose to risk it!
We aren’t born perfect, and we also weren’t born with a natural inclination to do right all on our own. (Don’t believe me? Have a kid or two and you’ll see what I mean!) Jesus Christ Himself gives us a foundation (if we want it), and the Bible gives us all we need to keep our life up to “code”. I spend tons of time on home improvement projects, but I’d hate to ever put that above heart improvement. The people, you and I, that live in the homes we work so hard to beautify, are so much more important than those homes. Taking some time to do a little “structural inspecting” of the life we’ve built is effort well spent . When life hits (which it will), and blows what we love and care about helter-skelter, it sure is nice to know that our foundation is strong, the house will stand despite what life can throw at it. Have you ever considered what sort of foundation your life is built on?
Luke 6:47-49 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
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