Transformed – teen devotion – October 31, 2021

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.
Ephesians 2:19-21

The solid foundation

Have you ever seen a house being built? It’s impressive. If all of the supplies were laid out, they would stretch for miles and miles. But when put together correctly, it makes one house. And yet, all of the boards, shingles, appliances, walls, etc. would become trash if one thing gave way—the foundation. If that cracked and crumbled, the rest of the building would be ruined. So much depends on the foundation standing firm.

Is your life built on a firm foundation? If you’re like me, it seems like everything is changing too quickly. Our current culture is getting carried away. Social issues are getting more sickening. The government and other leaders prove to be flawed humans regardless of their party affiliation. Even our fellow Christians can disappoint us. We rely on so many flawed people. It can feel like our lives are kind of like a house built with a bunch of supplies and resting on the cracked foundation of friends, family, and our country.

Thankfully, our lives are built on something much better and stronger than that. We have the foundation of God’s Word. And before we dismiss that, consider the following. God spent 1,500 years putting his Word together so that we would know a few things:

  1. We would know of his saving plan in Jesus. From the first promise proclaimed in Adam and Eve’s hearing, to Jesus’ cry “It is finished!” to the fact that you now hear that God loves you and wants you to be part of his household, that’s a foundation built to last. And that’s for you.
  2. If God has been building other people into his eternal household for all of time, then your life is built not on flawed humans, but on the living and enduring strength of God himself. He will never let you down.
  3. God has built you into his house and even dwells in you by his Spirit so that you have a strength that perseveres regardless of the challenges of this life.

God’s Word is your foundation. He worked through apostles and prophets to record his saving words and work for you. And now he has built you into his household on a foundation that won’t give way, because Jesus is the chief cornerstone that will never break.

Prayer: Lord God, you have made me part of your household, built me onto a foundation that will never let me down. Keep me cemented in Jesus now and forever. Amen.

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