Holy Housekeeping 3 - Check the Foundation
In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.--Ephesians 2:22 ESV
A tragic event in June of 2021 brought to mind the importance of a dwelling’s foundation. On that day, a beachfront condominium building in a suburb of Miami collapsed, killing 98 people. It is believed that the foundation was at fault. Foundation problems can arise due to a variety of issues such as faulty concrete mix, unrepaired cracks, water/drainage problems, temperature changes, tree roots, or the quantity of rebar. If structural conditions at Surfside were addressed long ago, the lives of so many might have been spared.
Jesus explained the importance of a solid foundation. "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash" (Matthew 7:24-27 NIV).
As Christians, the Lord lives within us. Jesus has established our foundation. How do we keep this incredible dwelling place strong and secure? It is vital that each of us studies God’s Word daily and becomes part of a solid church family, not resting on faulty ideas, but instead, strengthening the foundation continually with spiritual rebar. Believers must remain alert for the trickle of doubts and temptations that can erode the foundation. Finally, it is essential to keep the warmth of love active throughout the day, lest frozen insensitivity cause cracks in the base.