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by Keith Bellamy

A number of years ago we had to meet with an adjuster from an insurance company concerning our claim for the hurricane damage done to our property. We later had a contractor come and examine the property to assess our damages. The foundation was seriously damaged. The back bedroom had to be replaced. The roof needed replaced, and there was so much more damage inside that we wondered if the place could be repaired. You couldn’t see the damage inside until you went inside and looked.

I mention this because sometimes as Christians we are not what we claim to be on the inside. From all outward appearances it would seem we have it all together. So, what about the inside? Have you looked inside lately? Have looked at your spiritual foundation lately?

We meet on Wednesday evenings to build each other up, and to help us press on for the rest of the week. We meet at 5 o’clock on Sunday evenings (except for the first Sunday of the month when we meet for a devotional after the monthly luncheon). Do you attend any of these assembly times? During the last year have you met with your brethren other than Sunday morning? Do you attend 10% of the time…20%...30%...or none at all? You and I need each other! You see, your foundation needs continual service, and being with the saints will help (Hebrews 10:25)!

Please notice the words of 1 Corinthians 3:11, 12. “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw” (NLT).

Jesus had this to say in Matthew 7:24-27. Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash” (NLT).

What’s really important in your life? How are you doing? How’s your foundation?

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