We all believe in something. It might not be the one, true God, but every single one of us has faith in something. It might be money. Or ourselves – come on, now. The self-help industry doesn’t pull in 10 billion dollars a year (in the USA alone) because we don’t believe in ourselves. Self-help = faith in ourselves. There is also the environment. We can have an awful lot of faith in saving the earth. Or maybe we have ‘game day faith’. We suddenly have faith in God when trouble comes knocking on our door. Some of us have generational faith. “My mom is a Christian, so I know it’s enough for me”. Or “Grandma prays for me all the time. I’m good with God.” Worse is when as parents, we think that just because we taught our kids about God, we believe that their childhood faith is enough for them as adults even though they are not living right with God. Sadly, none of these faiths will build a foundation that will withstand the multiple storms of life. Trust me. I know. I’ve tried. So, the question is this: Who Is The General Contractor Of your Life?
It was only when I put my faith completely in Jesus Christ that my life was strengthened. No, it wasn’t perfect. But I got stronger. My confidence grew – not self-confidence, but God-confidence. My faith matured. I experienced more fruits of the Spirit. I acknowledged Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
He became Lord of my life.
We’ve been talking about building a firm foundation of faith in Christ over the last couple of weeks. The first post was Building For Wisdom and the second is How To Build A Firm Foundation In Faith. In those posts, we looked at what is necessary to occur for God to prepare us for a firm foundation. Today’s post is about laying that foundation.
One popular teaching in the Christian realm these days is that God wants us to live a carefree life. One without any problems. A life that is all candy canes and lollipops. I tell my kids that this is “fluff ‘n’ stuff” faith. It’s not real. It offers false promises in a world that is full of evil. Jesus never promised us this kind of life. If that kind of life was our purpose on earth, He wouldn’t have needed to go to the Cross. He wasn’t crucified for me to live a comfortable, easy life. He died so that I could live a holy life. And my friend, that ain’t easy!
A 2-Step Process
There are 2 steps we must take in order for a foundation to be properly laid in our lives.
- We need to put our trust in Jesus Christ. He is our foundation. He must be our foundation.
- We need to surrender to the process of building. Constructing is hard. There will be mistakes. There will be mishaps. Building materials may come in and we will then find out that those materials are damaged. Or the wrong size. The process of building is long and hard. There is a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. However, somehow, when we understand this, it makes the process a little easier.
No Additions, Please
The foundation is for the entire building. Some of us like to make an addition onto our house of life that is special just for Jesus. A “Jesus Room”, if you will.
In the last 2 posts, I mentioned our former home that was built around 1901. Over the 100 years of its existence, it did go through a few renovations. Hence the 5 doorways in the kitchen. The original home was not intended to have additions built onto it. When that stone foundation was laid, it was laid with the 2-story home in mind…no plumbing. No electricity. Not a 1/2 bath with washer and dryer. No office. Certainly not an extended living room (believe me…no one likes a heat register right in the middle of the living room floor!). But these things and more were added onto the house.
When Jesus is our foundation, He is involved in every single part of our life. He doesn’t want just one little room added onto your life. He wants to build our entire life on Him. Our foundation should not be suitable for additions. If it is, then our foundation is not Jesus Christ.
Who Is Your General Contractor?
Jesus is the General Contractor of my life. That is exactly what our Heavenly Father desires. He wants Jesus to build our lives. He is for me. Not against me.
And He is for you. He is not against you. He has never been against you. Do you truly believe this, my friend?
He is for you.
And when He is for us, nothing can be against us. NOTHING. He is LORD. Lord of ALL.
When Jesus is our General Contractor, He is the One who says what stays and what goes…or even who stays and who goes. After several years of going through deep spiritual healing, I have come to realize with much confidence that Jesus is the only One who knows when it is time to deal with certain things. Often, healing for one hurt needs to occur before healing for this other thing can happen. He knows what to deal with and when to deal with it. When we are ready to let Him heal. His timing is perfect. And when He is the General Contractor, when He is in charge of the healing process, it goes so much smoother!
Stop trying to build your own house…your own life.
Surrender to Jesus as the General Contractor.