For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 3:11)

An older gentleman in a small town wanted to build a house. Being a carpenter by trade, he confidently set about digging trenches to pour the cement for the foundation. He made perfect calculations and took care to mix quality concrete. His house would be supported by a carefully laid base. It was a labor of love, and many in the area watched as the carpenter worked.

The gentleman died before he could build his house. The foundation sat idle until a friend came along and saw the solid beginning. Trusting the workmanship of his friend, he decided to build on it. The foundation inspired the friend to build a beautiful home where others could gather to grow and love.

As important as it is, a foundation by itself is not a complete structure. It’s the building on top—the homes, churches, and meeting halls—that brings humanity together. Without a firm foundation, the house will not stand, and without a solid house, no one will enter in to hear the message we have to share.

Jesus is the foundation we build upon—in our hearts and in our lives. We can depend on Him to hold us up as we go about sharing His word of hope. Without Him to stand upon, our house would surely fail its mission.

Build your house on the foundation of Christ for the glory of God.

Jan Cline is a speaker and the director of the Inland NW Christian Writers conference.