Each day driving to and from school I catch a glimpse of two structures that are so different. They might be a quarter of a mile apart. I finally made time to stop and take a picture of each of them. The first was set up to show the materials and technique used by a company that builds log homes. The second is an old barn.
Someone had a specific goal when he built that barn. Now it is in disrepair. The roof is caving in. It is not being used for anything. I feel sad when I see a building that represents a person's hope and effort, but has come to ruin. That man did not just envision it. He bought property and materials, developed a plan and completed it. It probably served its purpose well for a time, but it didn't last.
Life is short. We want to zero in on what matters most and do it well with the long term in view. If the base on which we're living is firm and strong and the best materials are placed accurately on that foundation we will stand.
In his letter to the Ephesians Paul called believers "members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone." (Ephesians 2:19b, 20 NKJV)
The apostles and prophets recorded the truths revealed to them by the Holy Spirit. As we meditate on their words, the Holy Spirit gives us revelation of those same truths so that we know that we know what is ours in Christ. That understanding equips us to live in the victory the Lord Jesus died to provide. We've been given a sure foundation on which to build. I'm grateful for that foundation and I desire to build wisely upon it.