Wednesday, February 16, 2022

What Are You Building On?

“But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles” (Matthew 13:20-21 NKJV).

Some people get excited about a lot of different things. They’re into the latest fad or the newest this or that. But then they suddenly abandon it and move on to whatever is next.

The same thing can happen in a person’s relationship with God. Sometimes people will say something along the lines of, “I tried the whole Christianity thing, and it didn’t work for me.” No, actually they never built their life on Christ. They had an emotional experience. If it was a real conversion, they still would be walking with the Lord.

Jesus described people like this in the parable of the sower when He said, “But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles” (Matthew 13:20-21 NKJV).

As Christians, we are all persecuted in some way, shape, or form. In fact, it’s the mark of a true Christian. As 2 Timothy 3:12 reminds us, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (NKJV).

Christianity isn’t like a product that works for some and not for others. Christianity, simplified, is a relationship with Christ himself. I think one of the reasons people fall away is because they’ve built their faith on the wrong foundation. There’s only one foundation to build your faith on, and it is Christ and Christ alone.

Don’t build your spiritual life on a church in and of itself. Don’t build your spiritual life on another person or on a pastor or spiritual leader, because people will let you down. Instead, build your life on Christ. He will sustain you and be there for you.

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