Building Your Life on A Strong Foundation
By Rev. Russell M. Morrow
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation 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. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27
Regardless of what season of your life you find yourself, it is not too late, to build or restore your life on the strong foundation of Jesus Christ. Here are seven things essential to building your house on the strong foundation of Christ Jesus.
- Peace of Mind: Salvation through Jesus Christ that puts you in right relationship with God. This affords us the opportunity and liberty to live as God intended for us to live. Meaning, in peace one with another, with ourselves and above all with God. Peace of mind grows from your daily fellowship with Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life. In spite of the storms you encounter, you will have an inner calm that will prevail because you are learning to completely trust God. You have the confidence that all things will work out all right because God is in control (John 14:27).
- Godly Wisdom: God is incomprehensible, yet he has given us ways to see life from His perspective, which gives our lives worth, meaning and purpose. The way to see life from God’s perspective is to let the revelation of His Word, the example of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit filter our knowledge, so we can see things from God’s perspective. Our understanding in word and deed will reveal the wisdom of God working in us and through us.
- Good Health:
- Good Mental Health – My grandfather instilled this thought into the minds of his children and my mother instilled it in me. “Accentuate the positives, eliminate the negatives, and don’t mess around in between” (Philippians 4:8-9).
- Good Physical Health – Your mind and your body are the vessels that God uses to contain your life force so you can live on this earth. You must take care of your body if you want to live abundantly (1 Cor. 6:19-20). Ecclesiastes 12, tells us, that as life marches on, our bodies will experience a slow deterioration, decreasing in its function, leaving us with physical difficulties. Our health is determined by our intentional and non-intentional actions, the influence and conditions around us and even by the random acts nature that we have no control over.
These things can affect us not only physically. But mentally, emotionally and spiritually. When we honor our bodies as the temple of God, it can help us to preserve our bodies, avoid negative health traps that can adversely affect us. Even then, there are no guarantees that all will be well with our bodies. Only hope. I believe that our bodies groan in travail as does all creation according to Romans 8:21-23. But, by following the teaching of Jesus we can help ourselves to some degree.
- The Love and / or Respect of Others: The only people in the world who love you may be your family, but live in such a way that people will respect you even if they don’t like you (Matthew 7:12). Here are a few things you can do.
- Making every effort to treat people the way we want to be treated.
- Making the description to love people which means being kind and patient; this called Agape love.
- Practice Justice, Mercy and Humility
- Practice the fruit of the Spirit.
- Be sensitive
- Be a good listener
- Speak truth in love with our adding your judgement against someone.
- Practice these things in your life.
- Be a person of integrity.
- The Ability to Make A Living Through A Strong Work Ethic: This aspect of abundant life allows you to live life standing on your own two feet. You can have the things you need and want while still helping others. A Good Work Ethic that makes for a good and honest living:
- That creates wealth
- That sustains wealth
- Blesses others
- Knowing our Purpose in Life: This consists of doing two things. First, knowing the will of God for our lives, Mark 12:28–34, the Great Commandment. 2, knowing the purpose of God for our lives Matthew 28: 8-20 the Great Commission. In different ways, for different people, the purpose and fulfillment of “Thy Kingdom come, and Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven” begins with one or the other and sometimes both of these commandments of Jesus.
- Taking the Opportunity to Fulfill God’s Purpose. Humanity needs God’s love. Dionne Warwick sang a song a long time ago that is just as true today as it was decades ago. She sang what the world needs now is love sweet love, no not just for some, but for everyone. When we take the opportunity to demonstrate love in what ever way God has equipped us to do so, that’s fulfilling your purpose. It’s the same thing for sharing the Gospel and Leading people to Christ. In response to Jesus words recorded in John 12:32, we can continue to be apart of the powerful history of men and women, boys and girls who have “reach the masses, by lifting up Jesus through teaching, preaching, drama, music, writing, art, spoken word, lifestyle evangelism, movies, radio, television and with any and every gift God has given to you. Think about this passage of scripture from Isaiah 52:7. I believe it will encourage and help you understand the significance of fulfilling your God given purpose.
Look at your life in light of these seven ways to grow in stature as you build your life on the strong foundation of the teachings of Jesus Christ.