When we think of building our spiritual lives wisely, we often think of Bible study, worship, prayer, outreach, etc. But that’s not what the Scriptures say. Our foundation is Christ Himself. This sermon demonstrates how Jesus is at the beginning, middle and end of everything, and shows us how to begin to find ourselves in His story.
Building Wisely: Laying the Foundation
Foundations are important. Bad ones can ultimately destroy whatever’s on top.
To be honest, most of us have a somewhat shaky foundation, which accounts for some of the problems we’ve faced in our lives.
I Corinthians 3:11
–not that no one SHOULD lay a new foundation, but that no one CAN, because Jesus IS the foundation.
So what does that mean? “Foundation” of what? Our religion? Our life? How about all of history and the universe!
Ephesians 1:9-10 pulls back the curtain on what’s really going on. All things in the universe began and our coming together in Christ. (Colossians 1:17)
We are part of a bigger story than our own personal one.
Before there were humans, all things were under the Lord Jesus Christ in all harmony. Colossians says that all things were created through Him and for Him.
But then, Rev. 12:7–war broke out in heaven. The war was taken to earth, and all manner of evil was released–hate, division, misunderstanding, bloodshed, jealousy and everything else.
But God wanted a bride for His son, spiritually speaking. So he made the human race. Some people put their life foundation on what happened here. That’s better than false religion, or greed, lust or pleasure, but it still doesn’t begin to appreciate the big picture.
Man fell, and broke his relationship with God. God came in right away to begin to repair the damage, which was deeper and more tragic than we can imagine. But since everything was created through Him and for Him, He had to be in the center of those efforts.
So Jesus comes, and walks among us. He lives a perfect life, and gives Himself as a sacrifice, finally opening the door to unite a broken mankind with its Creator!
So once again, all things are being united in Christ. This new chapter has already started. He has broken down the wall of sin that separated us from God, and being able to know Him.
Romans 5:10–reconciled to God. So this becomes the new story, right? Not yet!
He won’t be the head of the church sometime in the future–He is now!
Question: Do you know someone who just doesn’t get the credit he or she deserves? If we love Jesus, we’re going to be really happy about these things, that are part of His Story! Phil. 2:10-11 (every knee bows). Hebrews 3:3 and Rev. 5:11-12 (He is proclaimed worthy!) Habakkuk 2:14 (A reason for joy!)
But that’s not the end!
I Corinthians 15:24 and 15:28–when everything in time and space is over, then all that Jesus has done in connecting us with the Father will be accomplished.
This is THE GREAT STORY–and the person who is at the center of it–THAT’S our foundation! How do we fit in? Ephesians 2:19-22 and I Peter 2:15.
I Corinthians 3:16 and Hebrews 7:25–We are part of His plan, and He is praying us through!
Phil. 3:20-21–we are citizens of heaven. Christians are all foreigners.
We live in a world that says, “It’s all about ME!” This has crept into the church, and our fallen human tendency to make everything about ourselves keeps trying to take the elements of this story that we can see fit into our lives–and it won’t!
Be careful: self-centeredness is our “pyrrhotite“. (See video at the top if you don’t get this!) Were are a part of a larger story!
I Cor. 3:11-13 There is only one foundation, and our future is related to how we build on that foundation today.
Find out what He wants, and do it. Matthew 7:24 and Luke 6:46-48
And even while we’re doing that, let’s remember this: It’s all about Him. It’s always all about Jesus