November 02, 2021
This past Sunday, Pastor Chris shared the message – “Faith is Our Foundation.” Upon first hearing the title of the day’s topic, I felt secure. I have a good faith foundation. It’s solid. My thoughts made me feel confident.
I grew up in a small United Methodist Church where my faith foundation was laid. It’s where I learned about Jesus. It’s where I grew to love Him. It’s where I was saved and baptized. It’s where I attended youth group and sang in the choir. Years later, the pastor of that same church provided marriage counseling to my future husband and me and officiated our wedding. I felt sure that my foundation was strong.
However, the confidence about my foundation began to crumble toward the end of the service when Pastor Chris asked these questions. “What is the big thing in your life that seems to be driving everything about your life? And if it’s anything other than Jesus, are your willing to trust Him?”
That stopped me dead in my tracks. Was I really trusting Him?
I had to look deep within and ask myself those things. I must admit that the big thing driving me was not just Jesus. Instead, what was actually driving me was false security. Security in jobs. Security in retirement benefits. Security in health insurance. Security knowing that my spouse loves me and is loyal. Security that we live in a safe and seemingly peaceful neighborhood. Security knowing that I have friends and family who care about me and who I care for in return. Security that we have enough money in the bank to pay bills. Security that we have plenty of food to eat, clothes to wear, and cars to drive.
While those things are important, I was convicted!
While growing up in that small church, I wasn’t concerned with the types of security mentioned above. I trusted Jesus with child-like faith and didn’t worry about those things. They weren’t even on my radar. Now as an adult, I still trust Jesus. Yet, I continue to worry about those things that make me feel secure. It’s a false sense of security. I need to get back to the childhood faith I once had. I need to put my trust in Jesus, wholeheartedly!
During the message, Pastor Chris said, “Faith is trusting something enough to do something about it.”
Do we trust Jesus enough to do something about it? Do we trust Jesus enough to hand over our worries and fears to Him? Are we ready to trust Him fully with our security? Personally, I’m a work in progress. I want to trust Him completely without any doubts. In my heart, I know He is my Lord and Savior. He’s my ultimate security. In my flesh, I still think I’ve got to be the one in control, but I want to relinquish control and put my faith 100% in Jesus.
Jesus tells us in Luke 6:46-49, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and put them to practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent stuck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed, and its destruction was complete.”
Let’s face it. If we don’t have a strong faith foundation, things are sure to fall apart in our lives. Nothing in this “world” is secure. If we’ve learned anything from the past two years, we know that. Things on earth change. God never does. The security He provides is the only true solid rock.
What is driving your life? Is it something other than Jesus? If so, ask God to give you childlike faith to trust Him.
I pray that we will all have the firm foundation of Christ. I pray our faith is so strong in Jesus that our worries about worldly securities pale in comparison to our security in Him.
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