“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.”
What is the foundation on which your life is built? Does your foundation support what you live for? Where do you turn to and on what do you lean when storms come?
The things you’ve invested your heart and mind in are the very things that will either help you through the storms of life, or become your ruin when they fail you maybe even pulling you under.
It takes hard labor and focused investment to dig deep enough to ensure a strong foundation is firmly planted on the rock. This investment must be made in the foundation long before the storms come that threaten the buildings very existence. A wise builder takes this process seriously, as the foundation gives support and shapes the entire house.
The same is true in the Christian’s life. For a Christian husband and father to be able to stand firm, weather the storms, trials, and devastations of life, he must have already laid a deep foundation before the difficulties come. Additionally, this previous investment directly affecting his ability to provide strength, encouragement, and point his family to Christ. This comes through the investment of energy in seeking God and a careful study of scripture in order to understand and build a strong foundation. It also comes from a life on his knees in prayer for his family and his own life.
The thought of trying to study scripture to cultivate ones own life is overwhelming enough at times, not to mention extending that to the point of ministering to the lives of your wife and children, as the pastor of your home. Many men fail to realize that their pastors job at the church they attend is not to fulfill that role of spiritual head and director in his family’s life, but to train and equip the family’s husband and father to fulfill his God-given role as priest of his own household.
Society as a whole has slowly reverted the mindset of Christians to believe that although we each are supposed to have a personal relationship with God, pastors are supposed to be like Moses was to the Israelites. By Exodus 20 God had brought the Israelites out of Egypt with the signs and plagues, including the Passover meal in which the first born of Egypt died. Now, after seeing the Red Sea part before them, walking across on dry ground, and walking through the desert, the Israelites found themselves in front of Mount Sinai.
God’s presence descended on to the mountain, and Moses stood before God. But the Israelites were afraid of God and didn’t want to stand in God’s presence. So, they told Moses to go before God for them, and tell them what God told him to tell them. Thus Moses became the priest and intercessor… The go-between. But in the process, the Israelites gave up their personal interaction with God, or being able to see His presence.
If Christian men are not careful they do the same thing by looking to the church’s pastor like Moses, instead of focusing on their own relationship with God, through Jesus. Even at Mount Sinai, God’s desire was for every one of the Israelites to see His presence and have a deeper relationship with Him as a nation of priests, but the Israelites chose differently. What relationship have you chosen?
What are the building blocks of your foundation? Where does its strength come from?
What beliefs or patterns of life are giving ultimate support to your life?
What drives your decisions?
Challenge: begin to search through scripture to establish a basis for your foundational beliefs. Come to understand why you believe what you believe and how to defend it. Build a strong foundation. Apply the concepts and foundational beliefs by formulating and writing down a family mission statement (such as: what is important to your family, core beliefs, treatment of one another, etc).