Reading: 1 Corinthians 3: 10-11
In the Old Testament, God was the foundation of the Israelites’ faith. God drew near to them in the pillars of fire and cloud, in the fall of Jericho, in the fire that fell from heaven to consume Elijah’s sacrifice, and in other silimar events. God also drew near through the voice of the prophets – sharing the Law and other instructions, plus blessings and warnings. God spoke through Moses and Abraham and Samuel and Nathan and many other people.
As we move into the New Testament, the foundation becomes Jesus, God incarnate. In Jesus, God draws nearer than ever before. In Jesus, humanity could see and touch and talk to God. In taking on the flesh, God chooses to accept human limitations and ultimately suffering and death – all to draw near to us so that we could draw nearer to Him. In this, God demonstrates the depth of His love for us. In this, we see a God who loves us so much that there is nothing He wouldn’t do to bring healing and hope to the world.
Paul came to know Jesus as the only way to salvation and, eventually, to eternal life. While here in the flesh, God said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”. After Paul encountered the risen Christ, his life was radically altered. For the rest of his life, Paul worked tirelessly to proclaim faith in Christ alone. In today’s passage, Paul writes of the one foundation being Jesus Christ. For Paul, and for us, there can be no other foundation.
When we claim Jesus as our foundation, we choose to stand upon the Rock. Jesus becomes for us the source of all of our strength and peace and the filter for all of our decisions. In Him alone we find contentment, hope, peace, comfort, mercy, forgiveness, healing, and love. Out of this great love for us, God dwells in our hearts so that we can be bearers of all this, bringing Christ to a world in need. Like Paul, we too may lay a foundation of Jesus Christ in other people’s lives through our words, actions, and deeds. May we also strive to be expert builders, sharing our Lord and Savior with all we meet.