Scripture: Matthew 7:13-29
Observation: Jesus finishes the Sermon on the Mount by talking about how very few people actually enter the Kingdom of Heaven. He also focuses on the type of “fruit” we produce in our lives (our actions) and the importance of building our faith and lives on a solid foundation.
Application: Anyone else enjoy a good game of Jenga growing up? While I wasn’t very analytical or strategic as a child, I enjoyed the unpredictable risk involved with the game – would the tower stay upright or would it fall? Each turn was basically a panic attack waiting to happen. (NO ONE BUMP THE TABLE PLEASE.)
The key to Jenga is building a strong foundation and keeping it as strong as possible throughout the game. It’s why no one ever starts off their game by removing the three Jenga pieces at the bottom. At that point, the foundation would be gone and the game would be over. Instead, the stronger the foundation, the longer it lasts.
As believers, our foundation isn’t made up of a bunch of wooden blocks; it’s rooted in the teachings of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Here’s what Jesus says about building a strong foundation in our lives…
“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.” (v. 24)
Our foundation isn’t strong when we simply listen to teaching; it’s strengthened when we follow it as well. When we let the Word of God take root in our lives, we build our lives on a firm foundation, confident to walk in His will. We aren’t undone when someone “bumps the table” and something unexpected happens in our lives. We don’t become resentful when someone takes the piece we were planning to take, leaving us in a precarious position for our next move. We aren’t victims of scarcity mentality, constantly worried that there won’t be enough left for us when our turn comes.
We build our lives on what will last forever: faith, hope, and love.
What is your life built on? Is it built on the firm foundation of the One who is never changing, who is full of gracious love and compassionate mercy? Or is it built on external affirmation, hope in the things and people of this world?
Building a strong foundation is lifetime work. There’s no shortcut, no cheat code. It’s an everyday decision to replace our insecurity with the security of Christ, to choose faith over certainty, to let go of who we were and hold tightly onto who we have become through Jesus.
Prayer: God, thank you for being my firm foundation. I pray I will let go of anything that threatens my faith and hope in you alone. I pray for strength and courage to build my life in you alone.
P.S. This song <3 A perfect reminder to build our lives on a firm foundation...