The story is told of a man who was a builder of homes and he worked for a contractor who really appreciated his work and one day he told this man that worked for him, you have been a faithful employee and been really particular in all that you do when you are building. I am going to put you in charge of this next house and you buy the lumber and do everything that needs to be done to this house. You are in charge of it. So the man thought about it a lot and decided he could make more money if he bought second grade lumber and pocketed the difference in the cost. He did this with everything he did with the house and when it was done, he had painted it and covered up any inferior work and it looked pretty good. Then his boss came up to him and said, 'you have been so faithful and done such a good job in your work, I want to reward you with this house, it is yours for your faithfulness.' How do you think the man felt? I can imagine he felt pretty sick, I would have.
We are in the process of building a temple for the Lord, a temple for Him to dwell in, what is the first thing we do to make sure it will stand the test of time.. We make sure it has a real good foundation. So today I wanted to take the time to see what a sure foundation is.
1 Corinthians 3:11 "For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ."
Our foundation that we lay should be on Christ Jesus and the things that He taught, don't you think?
Ephesians 2:20 "Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone." In that era of history, the foundations were made of stone and they had to have a special stone for the cornerstone. It had to be of a particular shape and size and fit the corner perfectly in order to hold up the building. If Jesus is our chief cornerstone, don't you think that is the perfect way to build our temple of beliefs?
Luke 6:48 "He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock." If our building of beliefs is founded on Christ Jesus, when the tempest of trials come, nothing can tear it down. The winds of strife can come, the floods of false doctrine can beat against it, the enemy can try to beat the door down, but nothing can tear down our faith and trust in Christ. Isn't that right?
Isaiah 28:16 "Therefore thus says the Lord God: 'Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.'" Jesus Christ is a tried stone isn't He, and a precious Cornerstone too for a sure foundation. So there you have what kind of foundation we are to build our faith on. We are warned not to act hastily in changing the truths that we have learned. If our foundation is Christ Jesus, we have nothing to fear. Make sure you are building your faith on a sure foundation and no matter what anyone tells you are tries to undermine your foundation, remember it is built upon Christ the chief cornerstone and nothing can tear it away unless we act hastily and allow the enemy to discourage us and undermine our true foundation. My prayer is that you will not let anyone tear away any of your foundation of faith. Hold on, Jesus will see you through. Grandma Joan