How often have you stopped to consider the basis on which your faith is established? What is the foundational truth on which you construct the superstructure of your beliefs, and faith?
Get your gloves and come on, we have some work to do.
Note from Kip…
I asked you to get your gloves because this is going to be a bit messy if we really do this.
It is something that we should be doing on a regular basis.
Jesus told the parable of the man who built his house on a rock and the other who built on sand.
“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock.
But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. It collapsed with a great crash.”
Matthew 7:24-27 (CSB)
Headed for a Fall
It goes without saying that the day we invite Christ into our hearts and surrender control over to Him, we are starting the process of transformation and building a life that is reflective of the grace and love of Jesus.
In a perfect world, we would give our lives to Jesus and from that day forward consistently grow in His grace and continue to be a beacon of His Gospel living in us.
Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world and neither are we perfect. The world around us is filled with corruption. Corruption lives within us as we exist in bodies that are of the flesh.
The moment we accept the grace of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sin, that corruption within us is in conflict with the spirit of hope that is implanted in us. The Holy Spirit living in us is constantly battling against our corrupt flesh. The Spirit to build up, corruption to tear down and distort the construction of the life God would have us build.
For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do. Now if I do what I do not want, I am no longer the one that does it, but it is the sin that lives in me.
Romans 7:19-20 (CSB)
Though our sins are washed away by the grace of Jesus we are fooling ourselves if we believe that no threat exists within us. As long as we remain in flesh we harbor sin in our lives and must be in a constant practice of checking for cracks and developments that are counter to the Word of God and the commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1 John 1:8-10 (CSB)
If Paul and John are telling us this then is there any doubt in our mind that this structure we are building can and will slip from the foundation it was started upon and shift to the sand, introducing cracks and weakness in the construction that must be addressed.
Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Examine yourselves. Or do you yourselves not recognize that Jesus Christ is in you? — unless you fail the test.
And I hope you will recognize that we ourselves do not fail the test. But we pray to God that you do nothing wrong — not that we may appear to pass the test, but that you may do what is right, even though we may appear to fail.
For we can’t do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. We rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. We also pray that you become fully mature.
This is why I am writing these things while absent, so that when I am there I may not have to deal harshly with you, in keeping with the authority the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down.
2 Corinthians 13:5-10 (CSB)
Inspect the foundation we are resting our structure on. Observe the building and it’s superstructure to be certain that we are adding in that which is pure and in accordance with God’s Word and will for us. Eliminate that which is superfluous and unsupported by the solid foundation that is our hope and trust in the blood of Jesus Christ for the remediation of our sin.
Be assured that where we build up is in the plans architected by the master builder. Repair the cracks in the foundation and continue to build on the rock of our salvation.