• Sarah Mascarello

Firm foundation

When we think of a firm foundation, most likely what comes to mind is the construction of a home or building. We may think of the concrete being laid at the base of the home to secure the structure. It’s pretty much the most important part of the building. No one in their right mind would go to the beach and just start putting up wooden studs onto a piece of wood just sitting in the sand. We all know what would happen. The tide would come in and wash it all away. There is no stability in sand at all, it just gives way. This could also apply to regular ground as well. One storm or strong wind and everything would be destroyed. There needs to be some sort of foundation at the base of the structure.

Don’t you think it’s interesting that Jesus uses the building of a home as a parable? He gives us an understandable and relatable parable in Matthew 7:24-27. He says in verse 24 and 26: “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock... But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.”

What he is saying is very clear. We need to build our faith on something stable. We need to first create a firm foundational faith in our core. It needs to be deeply rooted. Like the concrete laid at the base of a home, it needs to be firm and secure before we can move to the next step. Faith does not just come naturally. So, how do we do this? Jesus clearly said it is by putting His words into practice!

First, come to God in prayer. Talk to Him about your desire to build your faith and know Him better. Continue in prayer daily and make God your best friend, confidant, counselor, father… your everything! Talk to Him anytime and about anything… He is an amazing listener! 😊

Then, embrace His word. Dive into your Bible and let him reveal himself to you, because he will!! Be intentional and set aside time to get to know Him better every single day. Check your cell phone usage and plan to give God even a ¼ of the time you spend on social media, etc. and then eventually give Him more and more time until He is clearly first in your life! This is a small way to take control of your time and keep your priorities balanced.

Consider finding a Bible based church to become involved in. Going in on Sunday and running out the second it’s over will not do you much good. Your faith will plateau very quickly. Surrounding yourself with people in faith and fellowshipping with them, can be a huge support (and a lot of fun). The Bible encourages us to “not give up meeting together…” Hebrews 10:24-25. There are multiple scriptures that talk about building each other up but another favorite of mine is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:11- “Encourage one another and build each other up…”

God knew we would need each other to persevere in faith and keep from falling away. There are Bible studies, life groups and many activities that many churches offer that will align you with people that can be a great encouragement. Volunteering at church is another awesome way to build that foundation. Giving our time, our most precious gift, is part of ‘walking out’ our faith.

I would encourage you to start with these simple steps. God will take your hand and lead you the moment you come to Him in prayer and ask Him. He will show you the way. Trust. Have faith. Concentrate on building in yourself that firm foundation. Once that is in place, you will be unshakable, unmovable, fulfilling the advice of the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:58! May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

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