Jesus is the only true foundation!
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)
What is your real foundation?
Yesterday devotion discussed the importance of a solid foundation. In the process of looking for the Link of the Day, I came across an outstanding message by Ken Page. Here is part of Ken’s message. To read the entire message, visit today’s Link of the Day.
Lately I seem to be obsessed with the concept of foundation. By this I mean that I am always trying to see the root or base of things. I find myself asking questions like these: What is at the heart of the apathy and ineffectiveness of the church? Why do many Christians seem so unmotivated about the issues of the Kingdom of God? Why aren’t the Bible and its doctrinal truths as clear as they could be? Why all the division in the Church?
The idea of foundation speaks of the very core of our understanding of truth and life. It speaks of what we believe to be the bottom line. Our foundation is not what we say or think it is. It is the reality of what makes us tick. It reveals to us what we believe is of lasting and eternal value. It is what we will fight for. It determines how and what we do with our time, life and resources. It also is the lens by which we understand the meaning of everything.
We all have foundations. I believe that few have a conscious understanding of their own. I believe even fewer are standing on the right one. Many believe and say that they have such-and-such a foundation, but in reality they do not. Many have been indoctrinated by another’s foundation- but they do not own it for themselves. Many have the right foundation label but it is erroneously applied to the wrong one.
I would encourage you to take some time to examine your foundation. Cut through your “statements” of foundation and come to grips with your “life” foundation. What makes you tick? Why do you make the choices you do? What is your core hope or means for living the life God wants for you? Are you really standing on solid ground?
The Person of Jesus is the one and only Foundation. I emphasize Person. He is alive. He is with us. He alone continues to make us right with God. He alone holds the power to “grow” us into the people God wants us to be. He alone is wisdom. Jesus alone chooses and controls the agenda of our lives. The Christian’s true foundation is squarely placed in the life of Someone else. A Christian does not operate, control or work his or her Foundation- Jesus the True Foundation works Himself out in us.
One of my favorite verses is John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.'”. The way of life is not a system but a relationship with a person. Truth is not merely a compiling of facts; but truth in my soul is Jesus Himself living in and through me. For example, the truth about loving someone is not to know that you should love them- but the truth is when you actually love him or her. The energy and motivation for me to live life comes through the abiding presence of Jesus within.
The Bible is not my hope for change- the Person of Jesus is. My foundation for change is no longer to learn a bunch of Bible verses and truths and try hard to do them. This is precisely how the Pharisees lived. While this has the appearance of hard-core living for God, it is a work of self. The Bible is not the Christian’s foundation.
Father, only You can remove the veil from people’s eyes and cause lasting change. Open the eyes of understanding of those who read this message to their identity and Your identity. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Link of the Day
Jesus the only True Foundation [http://web.prtel.com/kcpage/Jesus%20the%20only%20True%20Foundation%203.htm]
Blessings to have a conscious understanding of your foundation and to stand on the right one!
Joseph Peck, M.D.
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