But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
If your faith were a building, what would it look like? A high and mighty structure, beautiful to behold, able to withstand the storms of life, and beneficial to all who enter? Or would it be less substantial; hidden from sight, weak, seldom used, in need of repair, and uninviting?
In his letter to Jude, the Apostle Paul teaches that we are to build ourselves up in the faith. Not just any faith, but a holy faith, set apart unto God for His purposes.
This faith is not built on the principles and philosophies of man, but on the word of God. And it can only be built upon one foundation, Christ and Christ alone. “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:11)
Not only is Christ the foundation of faith, he is the cornerstone.
“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 1 Peter 2:6
Upon that foundation our building of faith is constructed from the finest material, which is the word of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit.
As we build ourselves up in the faith, we must guard against the use of inferior materials. Our structure cannot be a hodgepodge or eclectic blend of multiple religions and philosophies.
Yesterday, I watched a TV talk show in which a young woman shared a few words about her faith. She said you must trust in God and be at one with the universe. Did you catch it? Christianity mixed with New Age philosophy. Christians are not “one with the universe.” We are one with Jesus in spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:17)
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:4-6
The building blocks of faith are the same for all Christians. The addition of outside building materials weakens the structure and can be indicative of no saving faith at all.
Once upon a time, I became interested in astrology. Horoscopes were printed in newspapers, and like many people, I consulted my daily reading with great interest. What a waste of time. Christ and Christ alone, people! My life is in His hands and not dictated by the good or bad vibrations of the universe. Now when somebody asks me what sign I was born under, I answer, “Slippery when wet.”
Are you familiar with the great hymn, My Hope is Built on Nothing Less? (Edward Mote, 1797-1874)
My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
all other ground is sinking sand;
all other ground is sinking sand.
Build your faith on Christ. Use only the building materials of God’s word under the direction of the Holy Spirit. And strengthen your structure with prayer. Lots of it.
If you should find yourself using materials from outside solid Christian doctrine, replace them immediately. Yours is a most holy faith. Keep it pure and untainted by the world.
For more on this topic, check out this article: What Does the Lord Require of You?
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.