"For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ."
1 Corinthians 3:11
When I read this verse of Scripture it takes me to a place and a person. Sometimes you hear a song on the radio and it takes you back to a certain place and time. Maybe it's your senior prom, your wedding, a special occasion with loved ones, or even a concert. I know I have a lot of those songs on my playlist.
This verse of Scripture takes me to a place where I experienced some amazing worship with some amazing people. A place where everything was stripped away and the focus was in the right place. There were no pews, no organ, no altar, no robes, no candles, and no building at all. The place was about 20 feet by 20 feet square and nothing very special. The place was a cement slab in a very small town in Cuba.
The cement slab was the foundation where a church once stood. Hurricane Michelle had come through a few months earlier and the only thing that was left was the slab, the foundation. The foundation was solid and lasted. The foundation withstood the winds of the storm. The foundation remained and gave people hope. Hope that they could rebuild and continue on the foundation they already had.
This Scripture also takes me to a person. Yes, it takes me to Jesus Christ. Jesus is the true foundation that was already present in that place in Cuba. Jesus was the reason the cement slab meant anything at all. Even if the believers that worshipped at that church never rebuilt the building,
the foundation remained. Jesus is the sure foundation of the church, the body of Christ. It always reminds me to ask myself the question, "If the only place I had to worship was a cement slab, would I still worship Christ?" The answer is yes! No one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have - Jesus Christ.
I look forward to celebrating the foundation of Jesus Christ with you this Sunday. We will be celebrating the foundation of our first almost 50 years and the future hope we have in Christ.