My series of select, short articles over the past year were, through the lens of the Trinity, aimed at providing systematic “snapshots” of the solid reasons to believe that Christianity is true. Let me try and tie it all together in this concluding article.
A structure, building, or home with a faulty foundation does not necessarily have to be condemned. Even though it is costly, hard work I have seen homes lifted, foundations rebuilt, and structures levelled and reinforced. My wife, in-laws, and I took on such a massive undertaking years back with a small house. It was built in the ’40s. It had next to no foundation and the house was far from level, all of which led to structural issues. Even though it was a feat, for we did the work ourselves, we lifted the small house, added solid footings, and made it level, straight, and sturdy — our starter home, which has endured for decades.
The same is true of our lives. If our belief system is defective (Ephesians 2:1-3) then it can be rebuilt by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-10), along with whatever is needed for a secure and solid life structure. As it is for a house, so rebuilding our lives from the foundation up is time consuming and costly. Yet, the value of a human life, and the infinite value of the Triune God, is worth more than any amount of sacrifice on our part.
As Jesus concluded his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:24-27), he shared a brief but potent parable illustrating the very real, and practical, implications of taking full responsibility for both listening to him, and also, for obeying his words in faith.
Those who obey he likens to a dwelling with a solid foundation and sturdy structure that will endure the trials of life. Those who do not obey destine themselves to ruin.
Apart from the Triune God of the Bible we have not the system of truth by which to rightly interpret life in this cosmos, much less endure the trials of life (Colossians 2:1-10).
Therefore, in order to become a recipient of the all encompassing gospel of God, submit to the Holy Spirit and begin observing (Matthew 3:17) and learning to heed Jesus (Matthew 17:5).
Robin Martens is the pastor of Kinnaird Park Community Church.