Once upon a time, there lived a king who loved to create pleasant surroundings in his kingdom. He enjoyed developing breath-taking gardens and parks and building finely-detailed buildings. Whatever made life more enjoyable for his subjects was his desire. He loved those in his kingdom.
One day, he decided to look for a piece of property to erect something new. He found some lakeside acreage with lush surroundings, but it had an old, run down building on it, which had probably been a lovely sight at one time.
The king engaged his crew to see if they could redeem the building. After surveying the it, they reported back to the king that it needed to be torn down. It could not be saved.
After demolishing the structure, the crew informed the king that building on the old foundation was impossible, because it was cracked, allowing sediment and debris to leak in. Portions were crumbling under the burden of weight and faulty construction of the dwelling. It would not support a new edifice; it would eventually degenerate and collapse.
To construct it properly, it needed a sound, rock foundation, able to withstand any disasters, such as earthquakes or floods. They told him that, if the lake ever overflowed, the structure would be safe and secure.
Isn’t this a picture of us?
We are like this story. In our lifetime, we have two kinds of foundations: one that is faulty and one that is solid.
Before Christ, we have a faulty foundation. It cannot be saved; it will degenerate and collapse. Though we may appear as a lovely sight to the world, in reality, we are a run down dwelling. Our foundation is cracked and debris seeps in. We crumble under the pressure and burden of heavy circumstances.
But we have been redeemed. Therefore, to be constructed properly, we need a sound foundation.
After Christ, we have a new, solid Rock foundation and our dwelling is able to withstand disasters. Floods of adversity may rush against us, but we stand, safe and secure.
We are “like a man who, in building his house, dug deep and laid the foundation on rock. The river flooded over and hit that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But anyone who hears my words and does not obey them is like a man who built his house without laying a foundation; when the flood hit that house it fell at once—and what a terrible crash that was!” (Luke 6:48-49 GNT)
Lynn’s Version of Psalm 127:1 (taken from NLT) might go something like this,
“Unless the Lord sets the foundation of the house, the work of the builders is wasted.”
“Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ.
Take particular care in picking out your building materials.
Eventually there is going to be an inspection.”
1 Cor. 3:11-12 Msg