When the girls were growing up, for Christmas one year they received a Barbie Dream house, made of high grade, high dollar, Barbie plastic. Real pretty to the eye but not very sturdy to the touch. Too be honest I don’t know a lot about building construction, but I do know any building needs a solid foundation to remain standing. The foundation is the base upon which everything is built.
My foundation is my ultimate commitment. Not just what I say is my ultimate commitment but what really is my ultimate commitment. It might be money. For a lot of people it is. It might be health. For a lot of people it is. It might be looks. For a fair amount of people it is. Then, aging is really painful. It might be being smart. It might be having my kids turn out just right, or it might be something better.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:11, "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ." He laid that foundation, of course, supremely in the cross. Through his whole life and his teaching and his acts of servanthood, but then in his self-giving death on a cross which then ended up in his resurrection starting this new building God is building, the church. That's you and me, and I can make Jesus the foundation of my life. Not my circumstances. Not my emotions. I can trust him. I can depend on him. I can hand over my dreams to him. I can take my direction from him. I can confess my sins to him. Gang, I will tell you when you make Jesus the foundation of your life, whatever storm comes, and the storm will come, it might rock your world but it will not end your world.
When you make Jesus your foundation, sometimes God takes materials you thought you did not want that you thought were so painful and makes them, in a strange twist, the most beautiful part of your house where love and joy and peace shine through brightest of all. I've seen God do this.
How often and how casually we just throw away moments, hours, days, and even years that are your gifts to us and we build with wood, hay, and straw! God, would you help us, everybody who is constructing a life, to build it with love and with joy and with peace and do whatever we need to do to make whatever changes we need to make. God, in order to do that, We need Jesus.
I’m Timmy B
And I’m a fixer upper