Is God Laying Rebar in Your Spiritual Foundation?
Updated: Nov 5, 2019
When our children were in high school, I felt God encouraging me to use my gifts and talents in the Church. I pursued a public relations position at a large church and was hired. To say it was a challenging seven years would be a gross understatement.
I didn’t fit.
I spent hours in the elaborately decorated ladies’ room crying. And there was one particularly extended pity party in the women’s choir room underneath the robes.
But just so you know, I needed this trying season. God used it to teach me many valuable lessons. My spiritual foundation needed to be reinforced and God brought me to the breaking point to realize it and submit to Him.
The Executive Pastor, my immediate supervisor, encouraged me with these words: “Laying rebar is never easy.”
I didn’t even know what rebar was and certainly didn’t know why it needed to be laid in my life.
For those unfamiliar with this construction term, rebar is a steel bar or mesh of steel wires used as a tension device in reinforced concrete to strengthen and aid the concrete under tension. Basically, steel is placed in the foundation’s concrete to strengthen it. Rebar increases the strength of the concrete, which means it resists being pulled apart. The strength is measured by the maximum stress a material can withstand while being stretched or pulled before breaking.
Reread that last sentence…The strength is measured by the maximum stress a material can withstand while being stretched or pulled before breaking.
That’s exactly how this time in my life felt – being stretched or pulled to the breaking point. Have you ever felt this way? Maybe you’re going through it now.
God may be laying rebar in your spiritual foundation.
Our Foundation Anchors Us to God
Bob Vila, a household name in home renovation, explains the importance of a sturdy foundation like this: “A foundation anchors your house to the earth, holding it up and, just as importantly, holding it down. Surprisingly, houses are as likely to blow away in a windstorm as they are to sink into the ground. But foundations do more than just hold a house: they must resist water, ice, fungus, insects, and soil gases, and they have to stand up to soil pressures that can exert far more force than the weight of the house itself.” (www.bobvila.com)
So many spiritual applications in that explanation!
Our spiritual foundation anchors us to God. With a sure foundation, we stand on an unmovable Rock, feet planted on truth. Storms can’t blow us away; the pit can’t swallow us.
Not only does our spiritual foundation support our lives, but it resists penetration and pressures from below the surface. Jesus is our shield, our rear guard, our defender from evil. He protects us from the floods of life, a cold and uncaring heart, infestation of evil, and the toxic accumulation of sin.
Soil gases?! No thank you.
We are Now the Temple of God
In the Old Testament, God shows us the importance of foundations, using the Temple in Jerusalem as an example. Since we are now the Temple of God, we must pay attention.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” 1 Corinthians 6:19
The temple in Jerusalem was initially built by King Solomon, then rebuilt after the Israelites returned to Jerusalem following their seventy years of captivity in Babylon. The Bible tells us of the importance of the foundation both times, first in 1 Kings 7, then again in the book of Ezra.
About the first Temple: “From foundation to eaves, all these buildings were built from huge blocks of high-quality stone, cut with saws and trimmed to exact measure on all sides. Some of the huge foundation stones were 15 feet long, and some were 12 feet long.” I Kings 7:9-10
About the second Temple: “When the builders completed the foundation of the Lord’s Temple, the priests put on their robes and took their places to blow their trumpets. And the Levites, descendants of Asaph, clashed their cymbals to praise the Lord, just as King David had prescribed. With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid.” Ezra 3:10-11
Often natural things give us clues to understand the spiritual. These scriptures describe several key elements concerning our spiritual foundations:
God only uses quality materials in construction of your foundation.
We are made exactly to God’s specifications.
The size and strength of our foundation is indicative of our calling and purpose in Christ.
The outcome of a well-laid foundation is JOY.
Successful spiritual foundations result in structures that bring glory to God.
The people of God are now His house, His Temple.
Ephesians 2: 20-21 says, “Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.”
God delights in building His Church and He delights in building us. He is joining us with others in the Body of Christ to fully represent Him on the earth.
Surrender to His process.
Allow the Master Builder to construct a solid spiritual foundation, complete with rebar, to support the high calling He has planned for your life.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27
“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1
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