If you’ve been tuning in to my blog for any period of time, you’ll know that my aim and goal in life is to be completely and 100% intentional in everything I do. Shoot, it’s even the name of this blog. Am I 100% perfect every day? Not even close. However, it is what I strive to do, and as I’ve (most likely) mentioned before, it’s a journey. It doesn’t happen overnight. As we bring our awareness to it, though, each day we will grow in it until “intentional” is something that is an automatic response in our every day.
We’ve all grown up thinking a certain way. If living intentionally wasn’t ingrained in you as a child, it will take some time to renew your thought processes and replace those with this new way of thinking. It’s not always an easy process; our minds will want to revert back at times, but it’s definitely worth it.
In my last couple of blogs I’ve started talking about evaluating your focuses and what you are doing on a daily or weekly basis to focus on those focuses or goals. I’ve also talked about what you could incorporate into those to help cultivate a healthy and balanced lifestyle. In this blog, as well as the next few blogs, I want to elaborate on the different points that will get you there.
The first point I want to touch on is going to be the most important point I will list. It’s crucial to everything else we could ever do in this life, and it’s what makes life worth living. Sound cliche? Maybe a little, but I cannot stress it enough.
The most important aspect you could ever incorporate into your life is this: making Jesus the foundation of your life.
That’s it. If you didn’t take any of the other points I mention in this series of blogs, fine. But this is one you can’t skip or slack on. If you seem skeptical on this point, stick around and let me show you why this is the single most important thing to include.
Like I mentioned, making Christ the foundation of your life is a crucial thing. Let me just give it to you straight and tell you why: If your foundation isn’t in Christ, everything you do and accomplish in life is meaningless and the only end is death, hell, and the grave. Without Christ there is no hope “for it’s in Him alone that we live, move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
Whew, that was a little heavy but it needed to be said. Without making Christ our foundation that’s what it is though. Just shooting straight my friend.
Elaborating on this point, one of my favorite books in the Bible to read is Ecclesiastes and I love it for several different reasons. First of all, the author King Solomon was so raw and real about life and the true meaning of it. Solomon is considered to be the most wise person to ever have lived on this earth, and because of that wisdom, God also granted him “wealth and honor.” (Check out 1 Kings 3:1-15 for the whole story).
With that, Solomon had it all. He was a king who had everything he could ever want: riches, fame, peace in his kingdom, wives (yes, plural), and more. He had experienced “everything under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:14) and called it all meaningless without God. He urges the reader to remember God even in the midst of all the fun things this world could offer, and that in the end all that matters whether or not we lived for God.
This was a king who said this. He literally had everything he could have ever wanted yet he still realized this truth. If a king, who was highly esteemed, wasn’t exempt from that then we aren’t either.
Another thing I want to mention is that if you don’t make Christ your center and your foundation, everything you do and accomplish will not only be meaningless, but it will also be unstable and could be gone in the blink of an eye.
“These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock. But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.” — Matthew 7:24-27 MSG
So while you may be able to rack up the wealth or accomplishments for a moment, the next moment it could all be gone. The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Without God as the foundation, the enemy can come and destroy everything you worked so hard for. But WITH God, the enemy has no hold over you. Jesus came to bring you life so you could live it to the fullest. If you make Him that foundation and you place whatever you do in His hands and follow His will for your life, you’re placing yourself on that unshakable foundation.
Some people may think that making God the cornerstone of their lives involves a big list of things to do and not do, and if you do wrong He’s going to strike you down with a lightning bolt from heaven. Maybe you find yourself thinking this too. Friend, I’m here today to tell you that this is not at all true!
So often people have the mindset I just mentioned, but that’s a religious mindset that just creates more bondage in life to be “perfect”. Let me tell you though that is not at all it. Jesus came to bring freedom, so making Him the foundation isn’t going to be like that.
Placing Jesus as your foundation is really all about having a relationship with Him. Whaaat? A relationship with God? Yes, a relationship with God. Listen, listen, that’s why God created us. He wants to have a relationship with us. How do I know this?
First, James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” God wants us to come close to Him, and He already made that first step when He sent Jesus to die on the cross for us. He literally sent His only begotten Son to die for us. I don’t know many people I would die for, but Jesus died for everyone so they could come to Him — yes even the worst of the worst. In that act of selflessness, Christ made a way for us to be able to come to God, whereas before there was no free access to Him. So God took the first step and Jesus sacrificed himself to bridge that gap so we can have that relationship with Him.
It’s not a matter of whether God wants to have a relationship with us or not, it’s the matter of if we choose to have a relationship with Him.
Secondly, 2 Corinthians 6:18 says that God will be our Father and we will be His sons and daughters. Well, I’m not a mother yet but I am a daughter. In that, I know that my parents want to spend quality time with me. Not for me to just call them when I need something or want to rant, but they want me to just do life with them. The same is true for God. He wants us to spend time with Him, to get to know Him and know His heart. And He will reveal Himself to us if we make that point to be with Him.
We can do that by spending time reading the Bible, which is His Word, or by worshipping or praying and resting in His presence. This is how we can draw closer to God.
So, in having Christ as my foundation, I want to grow closer to Him and to know Him more — to love Him more. I want to be fully dependent on Him and have the faith in God that He can do the impossible, for He is the God of the impossible. That is my foundational focus.
God wants to do something great in your life. The Word says that he has a specific plan for you, but you have to place your foundation on Him or it will all fall apart.
Will you choose to make Him your foundation?
An adventurer and coffee enthusiast at heart, Caleigh Ball has a passion for reaching out to others to inspire them to live with intention and purpose. As an ordained minister, she spends her time ministering as a youth pastor and is actively involved in Arise Ministries as the vice president and bookkeeper as well as one of the ministers. She enjoys life with her husband, Emmanuel, and their cat, Alaska, in their home state, Almost Heaven West Virginia.
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