Foundation

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. -Matthew 7:24-27

Every person stands on a foundation. Everyone has that starting principle, that bottom point where all actions flow. This one foundation can be made up of many things, but its singularity is important. In a building, there is only one foundation, with more than this, the building would fall. This foundation is what our lives are based on, what we see as the controlling force of our lives. It will determine our outlook, our actions, our emotions, our state of being. It would seem that people would have their foundation in mind, in check, but I believe many simply don’t have this kind of recognition.

It is a hard thing to find what you base your life on. It requires an honesty with ourselves that often times escapes us. We lie to ourselves often. We can construct any number of fantasies as to what’s important to us, what really matters. We would often like to chose the things we know as noble, love, courage, faith, but we often cling to lust, avarice, ego, and merely tell ourselves stories as to why we don’t. Sometimes it’s something more tangible, like a relationship or a job. These are much easier to cling to, because we get satisfaction from them day to day. They fulfill something we lack within ourselves, so we think it must be the thing we need, the thing we must build ourselves on. When these things come to an end, a breakup, getting laid off, what is left then? The one factor that tend to drive us to self recognition, the one thing that wakes up to our state, is affliction. Once we become humbled, we recognize our lack of control, we begin to see our own faces before us, what we are really made of. This is a testing time for most. We realize that our foundation has been made out of sand, that we had nothing substantial to rest on when the winds came. This is the first step to realizing Christ’s Word here, not only the importance of a foundation, but the realization that he is the only true foundation.

Christ showed us what it means to be fully human. He showed us the ways in which we drift off to other places distorting our own nature and falling into self destruction. Christ exposed human nature to us, showed (and shows) us what we really are. He showed us that we do build our life on a foundation, that we do live our lives by this foundation. Without Christ as our foundation, our fall is truly great. We are beaten by the winds and the storms until at last we realize who our foundation must be if we are to be. Without this, we are lost in the storm, our destruction will be complete.

~ by Barky on June 15, 2010.

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