“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the flood waters rise and break against the house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” Luke 6:46-49 NLT
Lord, forgive us for simply admiring the blood that Your Son selflessly shed for us. Forgive us for simply appreciating the Grace, Mercy, &Unfailing Love that has been offered freely to us. Help our understanding of these truths and spark a wholehearted response deep within us. For we know that to pretend repentance &faith is not difficult, but genuine godliness is heart work – it requires thought, care, sincerity, prayerfulness and watchfulness. If we build quickly because we have no foundation, our time and efforts are in vain. When we build, Father, we know that we must build only what is worth building.
We know that we must dig deeply and never rest until a pure and substantial foundation is embedded genuinely within each of our hearts. May the Holy Spirit make us true to the core. May we be afraid to say a word more than what we feel. May we never allow ourselves to speak as if we have had an experience of which we’ve only read. Let our outward worship not go a step beyond the inward emotion of our souls. Lord, help us build thoroughly.
Help us know what we believe and why we believe it. When we put our feet down, help us to know what we are standing upon and persuade us of the firmness of the rock beneath us. It will be of no use to use if we say, “Yes, we confide in Christ, in Grace, in Revelation,” unless our very lives are spotlighted around these certainties.
It is necessary that we build with a good foundation at the beginning, because otherwise we will fail to build a strong tower in our hearts as well as in the hearts of those on this campus. Let us build deeply. Lord willing, let us experience the effect of this good, sure building – this deep building. What a beautiful thing it is to have a faith that cannot be shaken – a faith that is steadfast and unmovable.
Lord, grant our petition for Christ’s sake.