Recently, our church (Grace Gospel Church in Linton, IN) has begun a youth program called “Centershot” which is aimed at teaching children Scripture and archery. During the program, we teach children that there are eleven steps to archery beginning with stance and ending with follow-through. As we teach them the steps of archery, we teach the Scripture which the step illustrates. It has been wonderful watching the excitement of the children as they shoot. Most of the time they hit the target, but sometimes they miss the target altogether. Often the miss is because they forget the first step: stance. They forgot the first part because they got so excited about the opportunity to shoot, that they got ahead of themselves.
As Christians, we understand that our foundation is Christ. Yet, it can become so easy to make our foundation our theology. Even worse, we can make our checklist the foundation, checking off items as we do them. Prayed today… check, devotion today… check, didn't give in to road rage today… check, etc… When we start letting those types of activities become our foundation (or the way in which we measure what makes one a Christian), we really start limiting God’s work. Think about it, how many people come to Christ because someone hammered them with theology or a check list? Not many.
Paul tells us that we build upon the foundation that has been laid which in Christ (1 Cor. 3:11). Now the foundation that is Christ can be found in John 3:16: Christ died and anyone can believe in him. Paul starts out his passage on our future hope based on this foundation in 1 Cor 15:3-4. What is the reason for this foundation? Again, John 3:16 gives the answer: “For God so loved the world.” Paul also tells us in Romans 12:10 to love one another; again, he tells us love is the fulfilling of the law in Romans 13:10! As we go about our daily living, let us not miss our foundation. Let us remember to love, not just one another, but everyone. Let us continue to build on the foundation which Christ laid. Let us not get wrapped in all the details that came after knowing Christ, so that we forget that showing his love is the most important part of knowing Christ.
Author: Pastor Shaun Winters