For brief seasons of my life, I worked construction, mostly on crews that were building new homes. I had never been a construction worker by trade, so I often had to learn on the fly. On some projects, the homes were modular, which meant most of the structure was already put together.
The main work involved lowering these large modules onto the foundation and then working to secure the entire structure. On other crews I worked with, we framed the entire house. Once the foundation was laid, the house was built stick by stick.
While working on these construction teams, I quickly observed how important the foundation was to the rest of the project. Before this, I knew only in theory that these early stages were important, but working on these houses in person showed me that the entire integrity of the building was dependent on the foundational measurements being precise.
I witnessed first-hand how every new measurement and each level of the home relied upon the foundation not only being secure, but also having been measured accurately. I was truly impacted by something I took for granted: you cannot casually pass the foundation stage. The foundation is everything.
I found many parallels between this observation and our spiritual walk with God and the dilemmas that exist with modern day Christianity. We often lack a solid foundation in our spiritual life. Because of this, cracks and instability have formed in the overall makeup of our spirituality. Yet in our search for repair, we often fail to have our spiritual foundation checked–even though the cracks are becoming very evident and signs of this problem are showing all over.
The Kingdom of God is built upon key foundations. They cannot be rushed through and they must continually be revisited. Upon these foundations, the precepts of God and His ways are built. I call them the “everythings” because they are important in the beginning and must be experienced over and over in life.
“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.” 1 Corinthians 3:9-10
Much of the critical foundation involves love, grace, forgiveness, identity and relationships. As we grow older, they are often overlooked and viewed as kindergarten understanding. Yet in many ways, they are deep nuggets of gold that we will spend a lifetime attempting to fully understand. If these central realities do not become deeply ingrained within, we end up developing an extremely awkward, distorted and unfruitful relationship with God. There are millions of people that are walking in this kind of awkward, unfruitful faith.
Here are a list of a few “everythings” when it comes to a transformed life:
- Not just knowing, but experiencing the love of God and demonstrating it.
- Experiencing the grace of God, which was made available in Christ Jesus.
- Receiving God’s forgiveness and passing it on.
- Dealing with your thoughts and overcoming hindering ones.
- Cultivating healthy relationships with the world around you.
- Learning to overcome the tactics of the enemy in your life.
- Living an authentic life of transformation.
What are some foundational precepts that are everything that are important to a transformed life?
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