The girl climbed the stairs of the old farmhouse. The house suddenly shifted beneath her feet. This was no earthquake. She paused to look out the landing window. Outside, she could see the floodwaters threatening to float the house off its foundations. Upstairs, a man was meticulously repairing flawed items in the house…banisters, woodwork, etc. The girl stared at the floodwaters in wonder. Why was no one addressing the real problem?
Many bloggers have written about what is wrong with our “house”, the church. Millennials are leaving the church in droves. Some say we need more liturgy in the services. Some say we need more modern music. Some say we need to be more relevant. Others say we need to entertain less and teach more.
Here is the problem. The REAL problem.
Fixing the banisters won’t save the house if it floats off its foundation!
This same idea applies to our individual lives. Many have created new year resolutions for losing weight, decluttering their homes, or simplifying their lives. These are great things. (I need to do some of these, myself!) However, it won’t solve the root problems causing our stress and discontent.
Here are the two words for the new year: JESUS FIRST.
God will repair His church when we as individuals reconnect to our foundations and our Cornerstone. We don’t need to fix it. That is His job. When we pursue Jesus, the rest will fall into place. How do I know?
“Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us. So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.” –Ephesians 2:18-22 (NLT) emphasis added
God builds His “house” by joining together those who make Jesus their cornerstone and the apostles and prophets their foundation. We can’t build this “house” by trying to join with others. God builds it through His Spirit as we seek Jesus. He unites us and transforms us into a “house” that is unbreakable.
“Now when Jesus went into the region of Ceasarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’
And they answered, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah, or [just] one of the prophets.
He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’
Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed), the Son of the living God.”
Then Jesus answered him, ‘…And I say to you that you are Peter [Greek, Petros–a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra–a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].” –Matthew 16:13-18 (AMP)
Did you catch that? When JESUS is the rock upon which we build our faith, the church is so strong that nothing can destroy it!!
I challenge both you and myself to make Jesus our priority this year.
Let’s seek Him with determination.
Let’s dig into His Word.
Let’s talk to Him each day.
Don’t waste time fixing the banisters when the house is in danger at its foundation.
Secure yourself to the the true Foundation, the Rock, the Cornerstone.