Friday, August 18, 2017. Talking about a “solid foundation” of our life, I would like to touch two things which may sound very different when you first hear them. But we will see that they are closely linked. Let us talk about foundation of life and of faith …
Foundation of our Life …
First, what is the foundation of our life? What is it that makes you what you are. What is it that holds you? What is it that keeps you going?
Often, we base our life on some things within this world. Some base their life on money and possessions which they have inherited. Some base it on merit, on their success in terms of achievements - let it be in sports, or in science, or in the political world. Some base their life on other people, a partner, friends, a crowd, the public … etc etc.
But it does not work when you base your life on the wrong things. They will fail at some point. All what is in this world is not made for us to build our life on it. We can work with it. We can relate to it, use it, be supported by it. All that is ok. But finally, we need a better basis for our life! And there is another option!
1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 And while staying1 with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with2 the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” (from Acts 1, 1-5)
Foundation of our Faith …
The foundation of faith comes from what Jesus said and did. He himself is our fundament of faith. It is God in father, son and holy spirit.
You can start to dig into the foundation of faith. It is based on the biblical texts, and they are based on the experiences of the apostles. Heaven and earth come together here. God wants to be with you, to heal you, to free you, to reconcile you. God wants you to base your life on him, on the eternal God, on nothing less.
This now brings both things together. The foundation of our life should be God, it should be father, son and holy spirit. It should be Jesus - the son of God. Only here we find a basis which is made to be one. He came to die for you and for me. He came to reconcile, to heal. He came to free us, to be fully human, in full faith and trust. Here, with him, we find our humanity! Here, with him, we find life, eternal life! (Roland Potthast) ... more texts