Building Your Foundation
Jesus wraps up His Sermon on the Mount by telling us to build ourselves a firm foundation upon the word of God. When we persistently do that, God makes Himself available:
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened.” Mt. 7:7, 8. NKJV
We ‘knock’ by remaining tenacious in prayer – confident in our faith that if our prayers align with God’s will, they will be granted.
When God’s word is our foundation, it will show up in our behavior as well:
So then, whatever you desire that others would do to and for you, even so do also to and for them, for this (sums up) the Law and the Prophets. Mt. 7:12 AMP
This scripture is commonly referred to as the ‘Golden Rule.’ Jesus would later restate it, referring to it as the ‘second greatest commandment:’
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Mt. 22:39 NKJV
God is love. And so, when we make Him our foundation, we are all about love. God left us a path (in His word) by which we can gain that foundation. Jesus tells us that path is clearly marked but often ignored:
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Mt. 7:13, 14. ESV
Thus, standing in faith on our God foundation is a continuing imperative because we will be repeatedly attacked by the world for that faith – even by those who seem well-intentioned, who want to show us their better way, i.e. the way through the ‘wide’ gate. Jesus warns us of this very thing:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.” Mt. 7:15 – 17. NASB
Our job is to be one with our foundation, living out the will of God to the best of our ability. Jesus knows who we are, as well as He knows those who are only going through ‘religious motions’ to garner the favor of others. There will be a ‘day of reckoning’ for each:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ ” Mt. 7:21 – 23. NKJV
We have been given the blueprints. If we construct our foundation with the word of God, we stand upon the rock of His insurmountable strength:
“Therefore whoever hears these saying of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” Mt. 7:24, 25. NKJV
That’s keeping your Jesus contact.
Those who do not, well, that’s a different story:
“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” Mt. 7:26, 27. NJKV
Stand on the Rock…
Goodnight and God bless.