by Mike Keating on Wednesday, 4th of February 2015
Great House Requires Great Foundations
The tower of Pisa is famous for its incredible lean. Its designer and architect, Galileo, argued that the building could be constructed on an 8 degree angle if the foundations were deep enough. Galileo reminded us of the truth that a great house requires great foundations.
Jesus makes it clear that life is about our foundations.
24"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 "and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 "But everyone who hears these sayings of mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 "and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall." 28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, 29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Mat 7:24-29 NKJ)
Just as there are NO short cuts to physical health, there are NO short cuts to spiritual success, security and satisfaction. It takes daily, weekly, and consistent discipline to acquire, absorb, and action God’s word into our life. It means digging down deeper into the very foundations of our life, pulling out the rubbish and laying down proper solid foundations.
The tower of Pisa was falling over because of the poor foundations and there has been significant engineering work to correct the lean. This has now been achieved with the tower being pushed back some 45 centimeters towards the perpendicular.
In the same way, if we will allow the Holy Spirit, He can take away the hidden sand of our lives and build down deep foundations. However, it is not magic. It is hard work with consistent application of God’s word into the deep areas of our life.
- Ps Mike