Standing at 1,776 feet (541 m), One WTC is the tallest building in the United States of America. But in order to build a building this tall, a strong and deep foundation needs to be laid. Seeing this awe-inspiring building reminded me of something Thomas à Kempis once said, “The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.”
Building a secure foundation is something for which the Most High God knows about perfectly. Hebrews 1:10 declares, “And, ‘YOU, LORD, IN THE BEGINNING LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH, AND THE HEAVENS ARE THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS’.” Even God’s throne is secure and firmly established as Psalms 89:14 and Psalms 97:2 affirm, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne.”
So, how important is a strong foundation in a Christian’s life? It is absolutely essential. It is futile to build upon a faulty foundation. But thanks be to God, the Christian’s foundation is Christ Himself (1 Cor. 3:11). This foundation is laid in the Christian the moment he/she trusts in the gospel (1 Cor. 15:1, 3-4; Rom. 1:16; 6:23; Jn. 3:16; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Jn. 5:13).
But once the foundation is laid, we need to be careful how we build upon it (1 Cor. 3:10). The things (doctrines/teachings) we believe become the things we do which become the habits and character we build, so we need to be diligent in our study of God’s Word (2 Tim. 2:15) and be like the Bereans (Acts 17:11).
Becoming a Christian is exciting indeed, and I praise the Lord for every new Christian. A whole new life has opened up to you (2 Cor. 5:17); you are a child of God (Jn. 1:12); you are totally forgiven (Acts 10:43; 15:9; Col. 2:13-14); and you can see the eternal consequences of what you believe (Jn. 8:24; 11:25-26). It’s at this time that feelings start to rise and the Christian yearns to be used of God for something important, something meaningful, something eternal.
But do you want to be used of God? I mean, REALLY used of God? I hope so! But God is not going to do His deepest and most important work (Christ-like character, Rom. 8:29-30) in the shallowest part of your life (feelings). You will need to saturate your minds and transform your total way of thinking (Rom. 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 10:3-5) with the Bible, God’s Word, if you’re going to be used mightily by our Lord.
It is hard work, so do it out of love for God and others (Matt. 22:37-39; 1 Cor. 16:14), to build up God’s kingdom (Matt. 6:33) and to bring Him the glory, honor and praise (1 Cor. 10:31). And if you want to build up, you must first build down and strengthen your foundation with correct, biblical teaching. So without further commentary, I present my Top 10 Bible studies for building a strong, biblical foundation.
- Faith, Belief, Works and the Law
- Mankind’s Natural Condition
- God’s Provision for Mankind’s Natural Condition
- The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ
- The Uniqueness of the Holy Spirit
- Ministries of the Holy Spirit
- When Does A Christian Receive the Holy Spirit?
- Eight Different Baptisms in the Bible
- Is Water Baptism Essential for Salvation?
- What is the Test of Truth, God’s Word or Experiences?
Trust and obey! (Matt. 7:24-27)