Why do a lot of Christians struggle with obedience? Why do we remain addicted to destructive habits? Why do we fall? A common trend I’ve noticed in Christians is the rush to change a bunch of things in their life when they start to follow Jesus. It’s like all the sudden they were homeless walking around with rags on and someone gave them a gift card to J. Crew (hallelujah). They bought an outfit and put it on. They look good on the outside, but they haven’t taken a shower. They still stink despite having a new pair of slim-fit chinos and a button down.
Too many people build up and don’t build down. They don’t lay a strong foundation. They just try to make a bunch of surface changes. On the outside they look like the good average Christian guy or girl. However, on the inside there are structural deficiencies that can potentially lead to horrible collapse.
I 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.
I’m a big fan of architecture; particularly of architecture in dense urban settings. In my opinion, the most beautiful buildings in the world are the Petronas Towers located in Malaysia. The elegance of these towers is spectacular. Actually, I like a lot of the architecture in Asia. One day Tracy and I will take an Asia tour and see all the famous sites.
At one point the Petronas towers were the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Skyscrapers need careful planning before they can be constructed. We marvel at the stylistic audacity of some of these buildings around the world, but we don’t see below the surface. Structural engineers will tell you that in order to start construction on a skyscraper a giant hole must first be dug deep into the earth. Depending on the structure, the foundation hole can descend several stories into the earth.
As you can see, the foundation of the Petronas Towers is quite deep. The foundation and the superstructure (part above ground) hold the weight of the building. It’s the same with our walk with Jesus. In order to be built as God’s magnificent structure we must first dig deep. We must go beyond surface level Christianity and explore the depths of our soul and expose what does not align to truth. God has given us construction plans that give us the blueprint for a successful life that honors Jesus.
Digging is a tedious activity and you never know what you’re going to find in the depths below. It requires one to be a lover of self-examination. You have to be willing to evaluate yourself from an honest standpoint. You must allow others (preferably that know a little more than you) to evaluate you. I always ask Jesus, “what are the dark corners in my life?” What needs to exposed in the light of His truth? God is a wonderful Father that loves to instruct and help His children. When I ask Him what in me needs to change it’s only a matter of time before I get the answer.
I want to encourage you to build down. Get to the root of who you are. Dig the foundation hole and construct your life with steel frame of obedience and the pillar of God’s word. I implore you to start digging and keep digging. God wants us to have a sound foundation. To be a people who are integral and honest. A people who will not be swept away when the floodwaters rise, but will stand firm because we are well built. Let the Holy Spirit continue to build you into the magnificent structure He designed before time began.
I’m Harold Dorrell Briscoe. Thanks for reading.