The first step to building a house is
laying the foundation
It’s only one of several steps in the whole process. If you stopped there, you wouldn’t have much of a house. So, what comes after the first step?
Sticking with the house-building analogy, let me put it like this… Let’s say John Q. Smith has a home-building company. He hires…
- a concrete company to pour the foundation
- some framers to build the main structure
- electricians and plumbers
- trim carpenters and painters
- and a final cleaning crew
Each one of those companies or service providers plays a key role in the completion of the house. But when it’s all said and done, John Q. Smith, alone, is acknowledged as the builder. And rightfully so. He made sure the whole project was started and completed. He paid for it all. He is the reason all the others even have the work in the first place.
Let’s talk about the first step ever.
How about we apply what I’ve just shared to matters of eternal consequence. God created everything there is. He is the builder. When we choose to work for Him, we’re able to use the gifts and talents He gave us to either lay the foundation for salvation in someone’s life…or we get to help at some other stage in the process.
The apostle Paul wrote it like this in 1 Corinthians 3:6…”I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase“. Paul was acknowledging the fact that he was the first step, the planting of God’s love in the hearts and minds of the Corinthians. But he also gave credit to Apollos for expounding on that information. And the full credit he gave to God for any good that came of it.
Here’s another cool part to this. Paul also said “he who plants and he who waters are one…” They’re equal in value and importance, and together they accomplish the one goal. And sometimes we may think we’re laying a foundation or planting when, in fact, the foundation we’re laying is also helping someone further along in their knowledge of God’s love for them.
My desire is to keep sharing rhyme and reason for life. I want to find creative ways to plant golden seeds and saturate them with Living Water. And whether I’m the first step, or somewhere in between, I hope my work endures to the day of redemption.
P.S. Your support for my Words and Music means the world to me. Please share them with others. Here’s how…
Discover my ebooks on Amazon.com or Smashwords
Subscribe to my Podcast
Connect with me on LinkedIn
Circle me on Google +
Follow me on Twitter
Watch my videos on YouTube
Find me on Facebook
Or use the social media links below