Discovering the Right Purpose for Living
by Pastor Faith Oyedepo
The foundation of your building is what determines its outcome. Your single years are actually the foundation years of your life and destiny. If you do not lay a solid foundation for your life while single, the future cannot be guaranteed. Your destiny shall not collapse. God?s Word says: If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalms 11:3).
This week, by the special grace of God, I will be sharing with on Establishing A Firm Foundation. The word ?foundation? actually means the solid underground base for something. The Oxford Advanced Learner?s Dictionary defines ?foundation? as principles, ideas and facts on which something is based; a basis for something. Making God the foundation of your life is, therefore, the first step to success in your life.
What is your essence of living? Why are you on the surface of this earth? It is important to know that the quality of success you will ever attain in life and destiny, hinges on the quality of the foundation you lay in your single years. That is what the single years of your life are designed for. You cannot experience a glorious future, without paying attention to your foundation in your single years.
Every building with a faulty foundation must necessarily, be pulled down or it will collapse on its own accord like a pack of cards, with time. Many years ago, we lived in a city where an estate comprising of many houses were built by the government. Unfortunately, after the buildings were completed, it was discovered that there was a fundamental error at the foundation. So, all the buildings in the whole estate were abandoned and later completely demolished, as they were not habitable. I leant a great lesson from that incident which has stayed with me ever since.
Foundation is everything! Nothing can adequately substitute the need for a solid foundation. If, for instance, as a teenager you could not concentrate enough to study and pass your examinations, it will be foolhardy for you to imagine that after marriage and five children, all below ten years of age and all demanding your attention as a mother, you can now choose to study and pass that same examination. It will be near impossible.
A building with a faulty foundation is a dangerous one to live in; it is usually evidenced by cracks all over. No reinforcement can adequately repair the cracks. The foundation of a house is what determines how stable, strong and lasting the building will be. God?s Word says: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing (John 15:5).
The foundation for a secure life and destiny is in your personal relationship with God. He is the one who founded the whole earth including your destiny. So, you need a personal encounter with Him. The quality of your relationship with the Almighty God, will affect and determine the quality of life you will enjoy. How vital and strong the quality of your relationship with God is, will determine the quality and strength of your ultimate destiny.
God is the only source of true and lasting life. When you let God into the ship of your life and destiny, it can never sink. As a single person, a good understanding of this will help you walk through life with confidence. It is very important for you to understand that God is the only source of true joy, contentment and satisfaction in life, not your parents, friends, colleagues or spouse. God?s Word says: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing (John15:5).
From the above scripture, it is evident that for your life to be fruitful, you cannot do away with the God factor. He is the only one that can help you actualize your desired end. He must be the foundation upon which your future must be built. The single years of your life, make up the period when you learn the virtues that will help you lay a solid foundation in God.
Recognize and give God His rightful place in your life. Get connected and committed! Commitment can be likened to a man?s spinal cord. Without it, your life and destiny may suffer a nervous breakdown. For lack of commitment, many destinies have crashed! If you are genuinely and scripturally committed to God, you will be committed to the success of your destiny.
If you are not born again, it will be difficult for you to establish a firm foundation. God must be the foundation upon which your future must be built, otherwise, you may be building on a wrong foundation. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 3:11). Christ is the only one that can help you to actualize your desired end. For you to be born again, you have to confess your sins and accept Christ as your Lord and Saviour. If you are set for it, please say this prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. I believe You died for my sins and rose on the third day. Forgive me my sins. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today.
Congratulations! You are now born again and a child of God.
If you prayed the above simple prayer, you are now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).