A Sure Foundation

Joel Stephen Williams

A short man was needing to hang a picture high on a wall of his house. He placed a chair next to the wall and climbed on top of it, but it was not tall enough. His wife then placed a small box in the chair. Balanced precariously on top of the box on top of the chair, he lightly tapped on the nail to drive it into the wall. His wife said: "Why don't you go ahead and hit it hard and drive it into the wall?" Struggling to keep his balance and avoid falling, he replied: 'How can I hit it hard and drive it in when I'm standing on a foundation like this?'

In life we are going to act confidently or timidly depending on the foundation upon which we are standing. If we are very uncertain in our faith, we will probably not act boldly for the Lord. On the other hand, if we are fully convinced of Jesus, his deity, and his promises, then we can stand firm, even in the face of a storm of temptation or opposition.

Jesus spoke of the wise man who built his house with its foundation on the rock. That man symbolized those who hear the words of Jesus and put them into practice (Mt. 7:24-27). What is true of an individual is equally true of the Christian community. The church, the spiritual house which Jesus built (1 Pet. 2:5; 1 Tim. 3:15; Mt. 16:18), must be built on the foundation of Christ if it is to stand: "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ" (1 Cor. 3:11). The church is described as the "pillar and foundation of the truth" (1 Tim. 3:15) in that the church is built on Christ and proclaims Christ to the world.

When we proclaim Christ, his deity, his sinlessness, his power to save, and his authority, we are laying a solid, firm foundation. If people are converted to Christ, rather than to something less and inferior to him, then the opportunity to grow will be present. Based on such a sure foundation we can build a skyscraper—of devotion, of character, of faith, of wisdom, of service—which can withstand the onslaught of opposition. On Christ the solid rock we stand; all other ground is sinking sand.

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