Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Laying the Foundation

“Because of God's special favor to me,
I have laid the foundation like an expert builder.
Now others are building on it.
But whoever is building on this foundation
must be very careful.
For no one can lay any other foundation
than the one we already have—
Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 3:10-11

My nephew Levi built the beautiful house in the photo above. Though he will tell you he is no expert, he showed great wisdom by hiring those who are experts to do those tasks that he wasn’t qualified to do, like pouring the footers for the foundation.

The foundation is the most important part of a house. Hebrews 3:6 says that we are God’s house and 1 Corinthians 3 explains that Jesus Christ is the foundation. Nothing else and no one else can be that foundation. And, like my nephew’s house, everything that is built on the foundation depends on the solidity and quality of the foundation.

Our relationship with God also needs a solid foundation, and that foundation must be Jesus Christ. Our faith in Him as our Savior is the only basis for a relationship with God. Trusting what Jesus did on the cross as the only acceptable payment for our sinfulness lays the firm foundation we need to build a relationship with God.

Without Jesus, the foundation, there is no relationship—no matter how many good deeds or works we may do. After all, as Ephesians 2:8-10 reminds us, salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, but is the result of faith in Jesus as our Savior.

Like the concrete Levi had poured to establish the groundwork of his house, our faith in Jesus firmly cements our relationship with God. Thank You, God, for making it simple for us to lay the foundation of our faith.


©2014 Pamela D. Williams


  1. Love that house!

    Yes, the foundation of faith stands strong - because we have built our house upon The Rock!


    1. Levi did a fantastic job on the house--and he is only 26 years old!
      Your comment reminded me of a line from the kid's song that says, "The wise man built his house upon the rock!"

  2. What a beautiful home indeed Pam and so true about Jesus being our the foundation of our faith.

    1. Thanks, Wanda! So many hymn speaks of this. "How Firm a Foundation" keeps running through my head.

  3. As a builder, I say Amen! and great job! Wisdom from our Father's word that follows us through every aspect of our lives...

    1. Not too shabby for a 26 year old, right Floyd?
      So true about wisdom from God affecting every aspect of our lives.Our God is an awesome God.

    2. Not shabby at all. Down right impressive actually. No fear in that young man. His future is wide open.

  4. This is beautiful parable mrs Pam! :) I couldnt do anything without good foundation, so glad He came to my life and be my great and strong foundation.
    It's beautiful house, I am a big fan of stone and log houses (cabin-rustic).
    Thanks for sharing, mrs Pam. Have a glorious day <3

    1. Delvalina, your sweet comments always make my day. Blessings to my young friend!
      Mrs. Pam

  5. HI Pam! First of all, that is an amazing house! I hope it's by a lake or something, it looks so....Hemmingway!

    And your point about firm foundations is so true. I love St. Paul, he is so sure and powerful in his teachings. He is very clear. The only way to have a grounded faith that can grow is in Christ. I think it's interesting that he talks about how others are building on that foundation.

    If we want to be a help to others, it's really important that we know who we are and who God is. No one can use us as a witness unless our foundation is sturdy.
    And yours sure is!
    Have a great Friday!

    1. Thanks, Ceil. Levi is obviously quite builder! He even made their bed and will be making their table. Awesome talent.
      Is it amazing to help lay the foundation in someone's life, or to add a brick or two to their faith? I love it!

  6. I am Dutch, you know. And Dutch people know how important foundations are. There is a children's song here called: Amsterdam is built on stilts.

    Without proper foundation our house sink down into the peat land. The peat ground stands for a life outside of Christ. Then we will undergo in the swamp. Only if our life house is built on stilts, we will live forever. :-)

    My husband is a civil engineer and so he'll love the photo. Great house!