The world’s tallest building. The Burj Khalifa opened in Dubai January 4, 2010. At a staggering 2,717 feet tall – more than half a mile high – it easily overshadows the previous tallest building (Taipei in Taiwan is but 1,671 feet tall) and it stands double the height of the renowned Empire State Building.
While most attention focuses on its height, perhaps more important is what lies buried beneath the building. Without a solid foundation, the world’s tallest building would become the world’s longest pile of rubble. Extending 164 feet deep under the Burj Khalifa lies 58,900 cubic yards of concrete weighing over 120,000 tons. It took a year just to build the foundation.
1 Corinthians 3:10-11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
10 According to the [remarkable] grace of God which was given to me [to prepare me for my task], like a skillful master builder I laid a foundation, and now another is building on it. But each one must be careful how he builds on it, 11 for no one can lay a foundation other than the one which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ.
The foundation is the most important part of a building. The foundation determines the boundaries of the building and also determines how high it can go and the weight. This is because the whole building rests on the foundation and any miscalculation on the part of the foundation means that you will have trouble with the building. We have seen severally building collapse because the contractor cut corners on the foundation.
Paul tells us that Jesus is the only foundation that we can build on if we want to build anything that will last. Jesus is our base, our foundation for everything we do in this life, not just on what we consider spiritual or church things, but on everything. To build on anything else is to build something that will eventually be consumed by the fire.
What foundation have you built your career, marriage, family or future on? If it is not Christ then whatever you are building is doomed to fail.
As a believer you and I must remember that everything we build in this life, everything and not just what we think is “spiritual” must be built on Christ. When Christ is the foundation then there is no limit to how high you can build, everything is possible to them that believe.