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BUILD A SOLID FOUNDATION

BUILD A SOLID FOUNDATION

BUILD A SOLID FOUNDATION

So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?  I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built.  But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” Luke 6:46-49 (NLT)

Nobody likes to be caught off guard.

I certainly don’t, and yet I recently found myself in this very position, caught off guard, in a very odd place, questioning a lot of things, questioning myself and feeling very unbalanced. This took me by surprise and the Lord immediately drew my attention to my foundations, and areas that I had to recheck, and begin rebuilding.

Life seems to have the habit of catching us off guard, whether it be an unexpected bill, the death of a loved one, the loss of money, job, or other material items, transitioning into a new season, or the navigation of a relationship you are in.

I am realising even more now that as women of the Gospel, we really must invest our time wisely building a foundation upon Christ Jesus alone and no other.

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It is very easy and tempting for us to place our confidence and build our foundation on material possessions, partners, cultural traditions, among other things. The rise of social media also presents an added challenge as we can often find ourselves building our lives vicariously- through other people’s social timelines, and calling it authentically our own.

It’s important that we build on a firm and strong foundation. A foundation is a substance upon which you build a structure. It supports a building and is actually the most important part of a building. Often times when we look at buildings, we admire the aesthetics; how beautiful the bricks are, the interior design within, and the colour schemes, however without the secure unseen foundation, the building would not even stand.

The deeper a foundation is, the higher its structure can be built up- ensuring its longevity and stability during different seasons and times. As disciples of Jesus Christ, and also women called to such glory, blessings and responsibility, it is important for us to view our lives as spiritual structures (1 Corinthians 6:19).  As spiritual structures then, we cannot build upon anything sustainable but the bedrock that is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11).

Any other foundation can display itself to be secure, but will soon prove itself to be unstable. Whilst on holiday with my husband, we walked on a beach taking in the beautiful view. As we walked along the wet sandy shore, what appeared to be solid stable sand, gave way under our weight. It was quite amusing to me because what looked to be sturdy enough, actually wasn’t. It also caused me to reflect on the importance of building a true, solid foundation rather than a false one that gives me the illusion of security.

How can we build a solid foundation?

When the weight and pressure of life comes, we must be found still standing- not because of our own strength, but because of the One in whom we trust and are anchored to. The Bible describes two ways of building in the Luke passage: Foolishly and wisely. Both ways of building are direct results of our understanding and active application (or non application) of Biblical directives. In this account, Jesus’s assertion essentially highlights these important points.

  1. Firstly come to Him (draw near to Him)
  2. Listen (ingest and internalise) His teaching (be a hearer and believer of the Word)
  3. Follow His teaching (be an obedient doer of the Word)

Only then, will we build a deep foundation which will help us to stand as secure women who know who we are in Christ, are growing toward maturity, living in relationship with God, and are growing in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. This will help support us as we journey through the ups and downs of life and Lord willing from singleness into marriage, motherhood, different careers,  various responsibilites etc.

What really struck me about Luke 6:46-49 was the fact that Jesus says When the floodwaters rise and break against that house” and not if. This suggests to me that the harsh and hard realities of life are a sure thing. We will deal with difficult situations, and rather then crumbling, God wants us to be able to stand. He has given us all the tools that we need to build so that we can indeed stand. Whether we use them or not, is really our responsibility.

If we love Him and claim Him to be our Lord, we must truly follow Him with all of our hearts and not a part of it. Only then will we experience the fruit of wise decisions, and right living which pleases the Lord. We have a respponsibility to be very cautious and diligent about how we build, lest we build superficially. The only stable bedrock that should be built upon is The living, active Word of truth.

When we hear, and do not obey because our interests are more invested in the cares of this world, we will soon find ourselves struggling to hold onto strands of slowly dwindling faith and that is the worst place to be. Professing to be a christian, but not truly being anchored to the One in whom we claim to follow means that perhaps the world has increased within us, and He has decreased. Only when our roots are deeply entrenched in the soil of Christ, will we be built up, fortified and strengthend in Him (Colossians 2:7).

As we desire to be wise women, may God help us on our journey, and give us more grace to love Him more, draw near, hear and be obedient followers.

Praying for God’s best for you.

Alethea

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3 Comments
  • This is a beautiful post: beautifully written, and beautiful pictures! I’ve actually been thinking of writing a post on this passage from Matthew recently for our blog. You did a wonderful job of drawing out the truths of God’s word in your writing. Thank you for sharing!

  • Felicia says:

    Amazing post and very insightful. A great reminder that we need to always place our foundation in Christ. Everything else will fail us but Jesus is the everlasting rock that doesn’t fail – He is a strong and solid foundation! Thank you for the wonderful words, it has definitely caused me to reflect! xxx

Alethea Awuku



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