Foundations Luke 6:46-49
A man had a crack in the wall of his home. He called someone and they fixed the wall, but soon the crack repaired. He called a different person who fixed the wall, again the crack returned. Finally he called a third person who said your problem is not the crack in the wall, it’s your sinking foundation. Until you fix the foundation you will have that crack.
This is a simple parable to understand, yet it is truly profound in it’s lesson. A building is only as good as it’s foundation. Your life, my life, our church and even our nation are only as good as our foundation. Today we spend so much time trying to cover cracks in our world. Gun violence, hatred, prejudice, economic injustice, and the list goes on. We try to cover our broken homes, broken relationships, broken minds and hearts. But soon the brokenness returns. Our government tries to pass laws in hopes of fixing our broken country. It is all just fixing cracks, when the trouble is our foundation. And you cannot legislate a foundation.
The same is true in our lives, they will only be as good as our foundation. There was some flooding in the town where my sister lives. A neighbors house had their basement wall cave in. In our lives the poor foundation can be seen in cracks and other time more catastrophic failures.
It seems that the news is filled everyday with another person who’s foundation is found to be sinking. They have built their life on money, power, prestige and fame. They have thought their money or position would keep them safe only to see their lives crumble on the tv for all to see.
You may have experienced some cracks, some broken places in your life. Some of us have experienced catastrophic failures where our whole life has crumbled before our eyes. We have patched and covered until we are exhausted from the effort, it’s about time we fixed our foundation.
Fixing the foundation is not that hard. Jesus tells us in this parable that we need to hear and do the things He tells us. This is the foundation. Jesus says, don’t lie, don’t steal, think of others first, help those in need, and love God with all your heart. You need to read your Bible and follow what it says. If we will do this our foundation will be strong.
There is a simple little saying that puts this together. “if you always do, what you’ve always done, you will always get, what you’ve always got.”
If you don’t like the results of what you’ve been doing, it’s time to stop the insanity of doing the same things over and over and expecting different results.
What have you been doing to try and repair the cracks and brokenness in your life? Have they really worked? Have you been covering these cracks over and over, only to have them return? It’s time to fix the foundation.
The first fix for the foundation is forgiveness. We need to receive the forgiveness that Jesus died on the cross to provide for us. Simply ask Him. Jesus please forgive me. Then we must forgive others. These are large parts of our primary foundation. As much as we might not want to forgive, we must.
“if you always do, what you’ve always done, you will always get, what you’ve always got.”
If you don’t like the cracks, it’s time for a new foundation.