Building a Tower

I {Jesus} will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it.  It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears My words & doesn’t heed them is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.    {Luke 6:47-49}

There is a skyscraper in San Francisco named the Millennium Tower.  With hallways that are lined with marble & granite, the building has been described as “rare & precious, shimmering on the skyline like crystal”.  The designers of this building touted it as “urban living, elevated to an art form”.  There is just one little problem;  since its completion in 2009, the building has sunk about 16 inches into the ground & is leaning a full 6 inches toward a neighboring skyscraper!

You see the building was originally built on soft soil.  At the time of its construction, the city had no codes which required developers to have their engineering reviewed by an outside expert.  And to top it off, the developers of this project received at least 9 awards for “excellence in structural engineering” upon its completion.

So what to do with a leaning tower?  Well the residents of the Millennium Tower hired an outside engineering expert who has suggested they simply remove the top 20 floors of the skyscraper!*

As I read the story of this leaning skyscraper I began thinking about the parable Jesus gave us about building our house on the Rock.  He likened our listening to His words of life & letting them sink deep into our hearts, to a person who built their house on a firm foundation.  When flood waters came the house was fine.  But there was another person in this story who built their house right on the sand of the earth, without a good foundation, and when the floods came their house fell over in great ruin.  On the outside the two houses in Jesus’ story look identical.  However what you can’t see, the foundation of the house, is the difference. 

Jesus wanted us to understand that we are the house & He is the foundation.  To build a strong foundation, we must take God’s words to us & let them sink deep in our hearts.  If we just let the Bible & the example we are given in Christ be pretty on the outside, we will crash down just like the house with no foundation. 

There is a battle raging on all sides of us.  The enemy never stops looking for a way to topple our house but armed with the Word of God & a foundation built on the Rock of Christ we can confidently stand strong & tell the enemy that Christ has already overcome. {Colossians 2:14-15}

Here are some things I think we can keep in mind when building a life on the Rock of Jesus:

Make sure your foundation is stable ~ Outside appearances mean nothing in the eternal realm.  If our foundation is faulty, then everything else built on top of it will be too.  When we meditate on God’s Word & spend time with Him, we will be more stable to handle overwhelming situations in life.  When the reality of flood waters are pressing at the door, the foundation laid in Christ will keep our hearts & minds stable because He has given us a spirit of power & love.  When we “go deep” into the word & lay our foundation on the solid Rock we will shine like “crystal” against the backdrop of life.  {Matthew 5:14, 2 Timothy 1:7}

Get outside help ~ Sometimes we need a expert to help.  Even if our foundation is built on Christ, we often allow what’s on top of the foundation to begin to lean.  Whether it’s a counselor, friend, pastor or otherwise, seeking wise counsel from someone who will point us to Jesus, is optimal.  We must be completely open & transparent in order to gain a deeper understanding of how God Himself wants to train & teach us.  Often He desires to use one of His anointed servants to show us the way & be a support network for us.   As Christians, we have to be a people who are willing to deal with real heart issues in community with others.  {1 Corinthians 3:10-15}

Take a little off of the top ~ Occasionally, we build our house on a solid foundation but by the time we get to the roof, we have forgotten Who our Chief Cornerstone is.  When we realize that we have gotten all the way to the top & things aren’t in alignment with the foundation of where we started, we need to back off so that He increases & we decrease.  It’s good to evaluate & do a little remodel of your “house”.  When a remodel occurs, the foundation stays the same but the stuff on top of it changes.  Evaluating where we are with what God is asking us to build is the only way we will keep our building from toppling over & have abundance of the treasure that lasts for eternity. {John 3:30, Matthew 6:19-21, Ephesians 2:20-21}

Is your foundation stable?  Is God leading you to consult a qualified outside source to realign what He wants to do in your life? Do you need to remodel some areas of life to concentrate on Him?

Love, Cara 

*Fuller, Thomas. "In San Francisco, a Sinking Skyscraper and a Deepening Dispute." New York Times 22 Sept. 2016.