Dr. Stanley Spence, Pastor First Baptist Church, Lincolnton, N.C.
I used this story told by Wintley Phipps Sunday morning in my message. It was about an architect who was called to inspect a building with a large crack on the 42nd floor. When the architect saw the crack, he went to the 6th level of the building’s basement and found the problem. It turns out an employee was taking one brick out of the foundation every night for five years for a project at his home. This was what produced the crack in the building on the 42nd floor.
Our lives are similar to this. When someone sees a crack in our conduct, it usually reflects a problem in our foundational beliefs or understanding of life. Addictions, immorality, meanness, or neglect of others reflect deeper issues that need straightening out. Jesus knew this when he began His ministry to the people of His day. They needed healing physically, mentally and spiritually. We have many today who fall in the same circumstances. What Jesus was demonstrating was the power of God to restore humanity to its original mission and condition. It follows that the healing we need comes from our need to get back on mission for Jesus.
The trouble is we continue to take bricks out of the foundation with every selfish decision we make--only these bricks are the foundations of our lives. In the hymn, ‘The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord’, we are reminded He is our foundation for right living. The world today doesn’t lead us down the right path all the time. Jesus has the answers we need. Jesus lays the foundations we need. If you were to have a conversation with Jesus today, what do you think He would say to you about your life? What crack in your foundation would He need to repair? How would He enter your life for the better?
Yielding to our Savior is the best scenario for healing the spirit within ourselves. Embrace your Savior today and be willing to make the changes He requires of you.
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