I am picking up on the theme of foundations from yesterday read the post here.
ONE: As the old hymn says, “The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord.” There is nothing more central, core, vital, and strategic than this – Christ is the solid rock on which you stand – his life, his death, his resurrection, his teaching, his character, his purpose, his will, his way. An intimate, growing life with Christ is THE foundation. Jesus is the cornerstone of Christianity (Ephesians 2:20). Grace, mercy, love, forgiveness, and holiness are essential.
TWO: The Word of God. Jesus is the living Word of God. The Word made flesh. The words of life. The words of truth. When you build your life on false beliefs, mistaken ideas, foolish notions, and worst of all, deception about God, then you cannot stand. Jesus told us to build our house on solid rock and not on shifting sand. The solid rock he referred to were his Words put into practice (see Matthew 7:24-27).
THREE: A life of virtue. Whether you call it character, morality, or virtue, you need it. You need to be a good person. You need to be a loving person. Godliness and holiness are what you can build a great life upon. I believe this is why the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and a life of love (1 Corinthians 13) are so important.
FOUR: The spiritual disciplines of prayer, study, meditation/reflection, silence, worship, fasting, service and more are the habits of the heart that make us like Christ. All these things connect us with the very life of God. They are channels and avenues. They lead you into the presence of God. You have to develop the spiritual practices that you exercise regularly and for the long haul. Apart from these things, you will resort to self-sufficiency and independence.
FIVE: Life together with others. When Jesus and Paul talk about the church, they are talking about people, many people, coming together to be something much different than when they are apart from each other. You need people. You need great relationships with people. We all need one another, to give to and receive from. Together we are the dwelling place of God. The apostles, the prophets, the pastors, the teachers, the mentors, the disciple makers, the spiritual friends, the missional colleagues – we are all in this together.
Living Word is never going to stop talking about the foundations. Yes, it is slow, deep, hard work, but it is vital work.
How are you doing with the foundations you need to follow Christ in our post-Christian world?