Over recent years we have witnessed an increase of natural disasters all over the world. Tsunami’s, floods, and cyclones all have a destructive impact on the individuals and nations they affect. They also test the strength of the building structures they come up against. What determines the strength of a building is the foundation on which they are built.
The same is true for our spiritual lives. Challenging circumstances test the strength of the foundations are lives are built upon. Bad news from the doctor, financial pressure, relational strife and dreams not being realized all test the foundation we are building our lives upon.
What are you building your life upon?
In Jesus sermon on the Mount (Matt 7:24-27), he concludes his message by illustrating through a parable the difference between the person who built their house on the sand and the person who built their house on the rock. The house on the sand crashed when the storms of life came its way but the house on the rock stood firm when the storms came because it had been built on the right foundation.
Building your life on anything other than Jesus Christ is building on the wrong foundation (1 Cor 3:11). Storms are bound to come your way, so don’t think you are an exception to the rule but whether you stand or fall will be determined by the foundation you are building upon. The person who builds their life on the rock is the person who hears Jesus’ words and puts them into action. The person who hears but doesn’t apply what Jesus says is setting themselves up for a fall.
The core values we live by are the ideas that have become so important to us, they shape how we live our lives. Being a disciple of Jesus means that God’s ideas are the most important ideas in our lives that shape how we live our lives. A value is an idea that is so important to you, it shapes how you live. What ideas have become so important to you that it shapes how you think, talk and live? I think it’s important to check those ideas in light of what God and his word says about them.
- Write down a list of the core ideas that are so important to you they influence how you live
- Examine your list in light of what God’s Word says about them.
- Make the necessary adjustments or corrections to your thinking by God’s Spirit.