I’m so excited about the Cross on the Prairie – construction began a couple of weeks ago. It’s interesting to note, however, that if you drive by the site you’ll see nothing. That’s right: Nothing. And yet it is true that construction began about two weeks ago. The reason for the lack of visible evidence is that the first step in construction is laying the foundation. And the foundation for our 110 foot cross is an incredible 15 x 15 x 15 slab of concrete. Without that firm foundation, whatever is built on it would eventually suffer and fall.
Jesus gave a similar warning when he told the parable of two builders. Both built impressive structures, but when the storms came and the flood waters rose, the house that was built on the wrong foundation collapsed, and the destruction was great. That is why it staggers me to hear the number of Christians who use the world, and wisdom of this world, to build their life on anything other than the word of God.
Time and time again, when I ask young people who profess to be Christians, “How do you make moral decisions, or determine if a person’s actions are right or wrong?”, the answer I get will be, “Based upon my experience, or what my parents taught me, or I examine all the facts and go with what I feel is right”. Not surprisingly, their views on right and wrong are often in direct opposition to the word of God.
With that in mind, it is also not surprising how much the people of the church look like the people of the world. We’ve built our lives on the same foundation that they have, and our buildings are collapsing like theirs during the storms of life.
Despite its appeal or its popularity, we should remember what the Bible says about worldly wisdom:
“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God…” – 1 Corinthians 3:19
Not only that, but also 1 John 2:17 tells us:
“And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
Contrast that with God’s word.
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” – Isaiah 40:8
And in Matthew 5:18, Jesus said,
“I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”
With that in mind, what foundation should we build our lives upon; the word of the Lord, or the word of the world? I want to encourage you with this thought: Whenever the wisdom of man, or your own wisdom, is in conflict with the word of God, would you at least consider that the Holy Spirit may know more about life than you do?
Remember, you may not be able to see the foundation, but in the day of testing what we have built upon it will be clearly revealed.