LENT DAY 20

The Foundation By Corinne Mannes

We love because he first loved us. (1John 4:19)

On day one, I wrote about making God’s relentless, unchanging love for us the foundation of our lives. This is the task of a lifetime—a continual, daily, conscious choice to remember His love and believe in His promises.  These truths are indeed foundational to our lives as Christians. The very concept of the word “foundation” is a fascinating one.  The inherent nature of a foundation is that it is a solid, steady, unyielding thing whose whole purpose is to support and strengthen whatever is built upon it.  Not many things look quite as wrong as a foundation left alone with nothing built on it.

So if the foundation of our lives must be (and I believe it must!) God’s overwhelming love for us, what comes next?  Do we see this foundation of unconditional love as a strong base for the good works prepared for us or are we tempted to see it as a comfortable surface on which to relax?  There is a tension that happens here, isn’t there?  The Christian life is marked by these types of tensions, have you ever noticed that?  Resting in God’s love while running the race marked out for us. Accepting God’s forgiveness while striving to go and sin no more.  Being grateful for God’s grace but never taking advantage of it.

It’s almost like there’s a battle going on or something.  

As Pastor Mike always says, we live in the intersection of the seen and the unseen worlds, the visible and the invisible, the physical and the spiritual and the result of this tension is the daily battle we find ourselves in:  to keep going or to quit; to stand up for truth or to keep silent; to stay the course or to compromise; to use our gifts for God’s glory or our own, or maybe not even use them at all.  The amazing reality of God’s complete love for us is the foundation on which we are to build our lives and accomplish everything God put us on earth to do.

Every gift that God gives us comes with a tag marked SO THAT on it.  We are loved SO THAT we can love others.  We are rescued from darkness SO THAT we can bring others to the light. We are uniquely gifted SO THAT we can offer a cup of cool water to a thirsty world.  God doesn’t love us any less if we curl up on our foundation and stay there, and his love for us doesn’t change when we hold on to our gifts or put them up on a shelf.  But the world loses out and so do we.   

My prayer is that each one of us would take hold of the courage God has given us so that we will use our gifts today and accomplish everything God has prepared for us to do. I pray that the incredible love that He has for each one of us would spur us on to love and good works.

 
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