Laying Foundations That We’ll Never See Completed
“Laying foundations that we’ll never see completed” is a phrase that I heard on CrossPolitic Podcast, and it’s an interesting way to see a foundation. When someone lays a foundation for a house, they are looking for the end project as quickly as possible to live in it or, if you are the contractor, to get paid. If one lays a foundation, they want to see it completed, even if it’s only so that there can be a sense of pride at its completion. So when I say, “laying foundations that we’ll never see completed,” what in the world am I talking about? I’m talking about laying the biblical foundation, the biblical worldview in our children that when we die, they will continue to build upon the foundation that has been laid. I’m talking about ministering biblically to our kids and teenagers. There’s something that I hear a lot, and it’s that “the world is going to hell in a handbasket” or “look at what our children are going to have to live in.” or “there’s no hope for this younger generation.” Here’s my thing, why don’t we seek to do something about that. And that something is discipling and showing younger generations what it looks like to love the Lord? Why don’t we seek to lay the foundation for the next generation to change the outcome instead of complaining about how bad it is? Why don’t we get serious about the ministry to our children in the church, and especially in our homes. If our children don’t have a Biblical foundation that leads them to seek to be a light in the dark world, then the only ones to blame are us, the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, pastors, and the youth ministers. (“Youth ministers” includes children ministers). If they aren’t equipped with knowledge of God’s Word, if they don’t see the importance of Christ in their lives, then the world will eat them up, and they will go right along with every wind of doctrine they come across. They won’t stand up and fight against the evils against Gods Word that come along with living in this world. For years we have failed in laying that true foundation in our children, starting at the homes and then allowing that mentality to seep into the church. We have focused on stuff and entertainment instead of focusing on the Word of God, even in our churches. The Word of God is the only way we even know who God is, what His dislikes and likes are, what His wants are. God’s Word is the only way we know about His love, His wrath, His holiness, etc. Without the Word of God, we are like a boat in the river with no rudder; we crash into every hanging tree. We need to be pouring ourselves out for our children and laying a foundation that stays. A foundation that is built on The Rock. And when I think about laying a biblical foundation in our younger generations, one passage comes to mind, Deuteronomy 6:4-9.
“4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
If we look at verses 4 and 5, God is talking ultimately to parents, but we will include all adults involved in the lives of younger generations. But To be able to lay down a biblical foundation, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, anyone who has children and teenagers in their lives must first have a biblical foundation themselves. We must love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and might. We must love the Lord with our all in every aspect of our life, work and home. We are the ones who are to set the example. If we aren’t serious about God, how can we expect them to be serious about God? It starts with us, and God has laid out that He must be first, not last. Once we have that, once we have that focus on God and His Word, then we can properly lay down a biblical foundation in the younger generations. Look at what God says in verse 7; He gives us the way to lay these foundations. And boiled down, it this, teach the Word to your children daily, teach the Word to the younger generations in everyday life, teach the Word at home, teach the Word when you are out and about. Talk about Jesus. Bring Him up in conversation and ask these children and teenagers their thoughts on different passages. In Matthew 7:24-25, Jesus says this, “24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall because it had been founded on the rock.” God, His Word, The Logos, IS THE FOUNDATION; HE is the Rock. If we want our younger generations to have a solid foundation, to be founded on the Rock, then that means that we have to start teaching about the Rock in more places than just the church.
We falsely believe that just because we bring our children to church for an hour on Sunday or Wednesday, we have laid a solid foundation. If it isn’t being laid at home or in other aspects of their live, it is a foundation that is mixed with mostly worldly things. If we think 1-3 hours at church is enough, then we are sadly mistaken. If most of the foundation that is laid is 70% world and 30% Jesus, which one do we think will win out? This mentality is like laying a foundation for a house built 70% on sand and 30% on concrete. One worldview will win out. It’s up to us to encourage which one. It’s up to us to lay a solid foundation in the next generation. When we are dead and gone, we should want our children and teenagers to build on the foundation of Jesus Christ that we have solidly laid down because of our faithfulness to the Word of God. We say we worry about our children’s future in this time, and if that is the case, then it’s time that we start getting serious about laying proper, biblical foundations that we will never see completed. And to truly do that, we need to be serious about having that foundation in our own lives first. If we have done that, and are in turn pouring that into our younger generations, then we have done our jobs as Christian adults, laying foundations that we will never see completed starts with us.
We won’t be perfect at this, but the Lord is faithful, He is strength, and He is there always! Press into Him, seek His guidance, and the perfect time to start laying down foundations if we haven’t been doing so is now. Let’s start today laying foundations that will change the world for Christ.