1 Corinthians 3:10-13 – By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. (NIV)
Their goals were to live simply, truly, and lovingly. Noble goals. What started well, ended tragically. Thirty nine dead. The questions: How? Why? Where did they go wrong? Noble goals aren't enough. According to St. Paul, what is needed is a sure foundation. Jesus Christ.
The high flying executive plummeted into the forest. The company called it suicide. The family says never. Now the company has plummeted. Millions of dollars lost. A gold deposit seemingly lost. The questions: How? Why? What went wrong? Investments and explorations are not enough. According to the Bible, what is needed is a quality foundation. Jesus Christ.
If you are among those disillusioned by marginal investment brokers and spurious spiritualists, may I suggest Jesus. For nearly two thousand years, the Church has based itself on a sure foundation, Jesus Christ. Knowing Jesus offers stability, sanity, and hope in a world seemingly gone crazy. Our experience of deep, abiding peace and wholesomeness is founded on Jesus Christ who is the way, the truth, and the life.
Prayer: Jesus Christ, I ask you to become the foundation for my life. Accept my sorrow and grant me clemency, serenity, and hope. Amen.