If you want to go high, you must first go deep. That is a principle that applies in many areas of life, including construction.
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world, an amazing 828 metres high. It dwarfs the second highest building, Shanghai Tower, by 200 metres. A building that tall had better be well grounded, or the consequences could be disastrous.
When they began construction in 2003, engineers found the soil to be very weak. Their solution was 192 x 43-metre-long (by 1.5 metre wide) concrete-reinforced steel pilings in a foundation that would be fifty metres deep. Because they dug deep, they could build high. What is true architecturally is equally true for our relationship with God. Jesus tells us so.
In a scene similar to the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7), Jesus had just addressed a crowd of people, which had pursued him for his benefits. He concluded with some sobering words:
Why do you call me “Lord, Lord,” and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.
In other words, we need to go deep if our faith in Jesus Christ will survive the storms of life—storms like the one we are facing.
It is quite easy to say that we believe the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Jesus Christ of the gospel. But the proof is whether our life substantiates our lips: Does our walk match our talk? Have we dug deep? Are we continuing to dig deep? Thankfully, he graciously provides us with opportunities for self-reflection.
As we face the storms of physical, social, and financial uncertainty, is the foundation holding up? Is it holding us up?
We say, “Lord, Lord.” But, really, who or what is our Lord? There is no better time for us to test the foundation of our “house” than this time. The test is, are we doing what he says as we face this? Jesus taught us to love God and to love others (Luke 6:20–45). How is this going? If you are like me, some days it goes better than on other days. But what encourages me is that our Lord continues to convict me, cleanse me, and correct me. Part of that process is his grace in allowing me the opportunity to strengthen the foundation. He shows me my weakness and then graciously enables me to dig deeper and to try again.
As we continue in the lockdown, let’s examine the foundations of our spiritual house. Is there a foundation? If not, repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. If there is a foundation, does it need strengthening? There’s no time like the present to go deep.
Digging alongside you,