Is your faith an accessory or an addition to your life? Or is it the foundation of your life? Too often we push God and his will in a corner. Faith is nice and God makes us feel good but we leave it there. We go on with our lives without God and radical faith.
“These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.“But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.” (Matthew 7: 24-27, MSG)
But faith is not just nice. Faith is a radical attitude to life. God is the solid foundation to build our lives on. Nothing else will do. Sure, storms hit also the houses built on rock. Life is full of storms. The house built on sand will not last. But the one on solid rock will. Suddenly, the question of faith is a matter of life and death.
Faith should not just be a nice accessory on Sundays. Or a feel-good choice when the sun shines. We should let God move in and make the necessary changes so our house would last when storms rage and nothing seems to last. Except Jesus, the rock of our salvation.
How can we then make sure that we are building our life on Jesus, the solid rock of all ages? We need to put our trust in God and we need to put our faith in practice. We need to read the word of God and let it change us inside and out. We need to weave the promises of the Bible into our lives. We need to spend time in the presence of God and allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, to become what God wants us to become. It does no good to know of the Bible. We need to embrace the Bible and apply it uniquely and personally into our lives.
So. Is your faith an accessory or the foundation of your life? Is is a nice add-on or is it the real thing? Is it a radical approach to life? Something everything else is based on? It might sound scary to surrender your will to God. But, I think, it is much scarier to build your life on something shaky.
Jesus is the rock solid foundation we can build our lives on. God has promised to us to be with us through thick and thin. God has promised to see us home and he doesn’t break his promises. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. If we build our lives on Jesus, we can be certain that nothing can ever separate us from the love of God.
Thank you for being everything we need.
Thank you for the rock of salvation!
Enable us to build our lives on Jesus!
Show us what it means to live radically for you.
Equip us to weave you into everything we do.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: How is the foundation of your life? Is your faith an accessory or the foundation?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you build your life on the rock of salvation!