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LUKE 6.46–49 ESV
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”
We continue our series today called CONSTRUCTION ZONE. Last week we learned about God’s Blueprint, how if we seek the Lord with our whole heart, we will find Him. We were challenged to be a holy community that believed in a Blueprint that desires to rescue people from a life without purpose or meaning. Today we move from a blueprint to a FOUNDATION that a life can be built upon.
Every good project has a foundation on which to build. That foundation is a result of a well-laid plan, a blueprint that knows how to build from the ground up. One of the things you may have heard me say is that church membership is important because it is the opportunity to solidify a base of operations from which God will launch your personal faith and ministry, either as an individual or as a family.
But what exactly is that foundation? If we have God’s Blueprint for salvation and mission throughout the world, what is it all built upon?
All of it is built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ. But a statement like that requires some unpacking. Saying that Jesus is our foundation goes far beyond telling people that they need Jesus or that they need to believe in God. What are we actually giving people when we say such simple things? Not very much, especially if they have no context.
Jesus made His expectations quite clear when He turned His ministry over to the disciples. He tells them in Matthew 28 to go into all the world, baptizing people and teaching them to obey everything He has commanded. And there it is. What we are to learn and then live is what Jesus has commanded. And no, we aren’t allowed to boil it down to love God and love neighbor just because Jesus summarized it one time to a group that, actually, knew all the nitty gritty details wrapped up in that statement.
To teach the world to obey what Christ has commanded means that we first immerse ourselves in a life-style of learning and living, of practice and performance. What we’re learning is the whole gospel, and not just a portion. We understand that God’s Blueprint is to bring salvation to a lost and hurting world, then making them into a holy community.
Now, the foundation of such a plan is a promise, a covenant of saving relationship. That relationship began with Adam, continued through Noah, and landed in the lap of Abraham. God promised Abraham that through him and his descendants He would bless the world. The entire Biblical story from Abraham onward leads up to the work of Jesus, who is God come to finish the preparatory work of the holy community He has been building.
Jesus is the perfect example of what executing the will of God looks like. And so we take the whole of the Bible, the promise of saving relationship that begins in God’s holy community and then extends out into the world, and we make that our foundation. Christ has commanded that we follow Him, all of Him, and join Him in this mission.
Our lives as Christians, as the Church, are founded upon such an understanding. It may sound like a lot and for some like too much, but together we are the body of Christ, alive and at work in the world. All that we are becoming and all that we will do for the glory of God starts with His promise to bless the world through His son and His holy community.
We are that community, each and every one of us. The challenge for each of us today is found in our text. Will we build our lives on what God has told us in Jesus Christ or will we build our lives on something else? Any foundation other than the rock of Christ Jesus is shifting sand. But we, the Church, God’s holy community, His redeemed people, we build our lives on His promise to both save us and be with us always.
What is your life built upon? Is your heart, your marriage, your family, your friendships, your work, your investments, your hobbies built on the commands of Jesus? Are your decisions, your morals, your ethics, your parenting a reflection of the holy character of a holy God?
Do you look to Jesus saying, “Lord, Lord,” but feel as if you get a funny look when He looks toward you? The awkwardness that many feel in their relationship with Jesus stems from the fact that they are on different footing than He. But if you will call to Him, come to Him, stand on His foundation, the sweetest of what it means to trust in Jesus will fill your heart and faith.