By Samuel O. Doku
With a solid foundation in Jesus Christ, he can turn your needs from impossibility to possibility, nothing to something, turn you from nobody to somebody, ordinary to extraordinary, turn your sorrows into joy, and make life worthwhile for you, formed the spiritual framework of Mr. Derick Mimba’s message on the prayer line of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l delivered on Monday, Jan. 23.
He took the first scripture he read from Luke 6: 46-49, noting, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on a rock.
“When the flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” Mr. Mimba then asked rhetorically, “Have you been in a situation where you want to accomplish something and you did it the right way?”
He continued, “Sometimes, there are several ways, but Jesus is the only way to building a solid foundation in your life. We can cry out to God for help and listen to his answer, but there is a provision. You have to practice what he says, by responding to what he tells us,” stated the arm-bearer to the Senior Pastor.
Mr. Mimba observed that there is a stark difference between calling Christ Lord and following him and said, “If we are not ready to do his will; then, we should not call him Lord. He knows what he is doing. All he wants is for us to follow him.” As Matt. 7: 21 says, “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.”
The quiet but brilliant brother followed up his advice with conditions needed to gain a solid foundation in Christ. He asked, “What is it like to have a solid foundation in Jesus Christ? There are three steps to achieve that: 1) Don’t be anxious. Anxiety leads to fear and uncertainty. Pray, for without prayer, you can’t grow. Courage, grace, strength, and wisdom come from praying.” He quoted Col. 4: 3-6 to support his first condition.
His second condition is obedience. He intelligently noted that Christians must not just conform to renewing their mind. Renewal of heart is the key to obeying and doing God’s word. “Hearing the word is not enough,” said Brother Derick. “Do it. Obey the word and live it out, for he is good. Faith without action is dead. We establish a relationship with God by helping one another,” he said without mincing words and citing Rom. 12: 2 and James 2: 14-17.
Brother Derick’s third condition to build a solid foundation in God’s kingdom is spending time with God as Joshua told the Israelites. Don’t allow bad influences to derail your time with God. Either you build a solid foundation with him, or you build a shallow foundation with him. Why don’t we choose to build a solid foundation with him to enable us to move from a lower level of glory to a higher one,” wondered the arm-bearer to Senior Pastor Georges Ntemi.
After giving the three conditions, Brother Derick, aware that Satan is lurking around to stealthily deceive Christians from building a solid foundation with Jesus Christ, also provided three problems in hopes of helping overcome the distractions.
The first problem Mr. Mimba confronted is laziness. He said that many Christians spend more time and energy focusing more on things that are not related to Christ, refusing to read the Bible and do God’s will. “This group of Christians think that merely by coming to church on Sunday is enough to be called a Christian. You need to read the Bible because God is the foundation of your knowledge and understanding. Laziness is never a good thing, so read your Bible more often and obey the word.”
The second problem is myopia or short-sightedness. Mr. Mimba asserted that some Christians are so short-sighted that they can’t see the reality about the importance of the present (today) and taking care of it, for Jesus Christ to take care of tomorrow or the future on their behalf.
“If your focus is on the secular world and its materialism, you would miss the joy of living in the present. A solid foundation in Christ will empower us to go through life with confidence and not worry about the future. Our only hope should be in Christ because he won’t forsake us. By his wounds, we are healed, so everyone who calls on his name should be healed. Immerse yourself in God’s words. Move to, not away from him. Christ is our solid foundation; let’s count on him,” said Mr. Derick Mimba.
The respondent Pastor Jean Paul Ntap preached an entire sermon on Mr. Mimba’s topic but in order not to make this story too long because it’s a morning devotional, I would focus on just a few aspects of the man of God’s response. Pastor Ntap cited Matt. 7: 24 says, “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who builds his house on a rock.”
In 1 Timothy 6: 19, the scripture says,” In this way, they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” Pastor Ntap cited these scriptures in support of Mr. Mimba’s topic for the day, noting, “Arise and let your glory shine to find favor and grace with Christ. He is faithful in all his ways. If you build your foundation in him, everything you do will be successful because you know you are not alone,” said the man of God.