The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eight beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. Revelation 21:14; 19-20.
When my parents built their house, we went over daily to see the progress. The concrete was poured for the foundation. Several mornings later, we found a puppy had wondered onto the property. He was curled up in the foundation, looking quite content. He came home with us and Kimba became part of our family. He was a little thing but his paws told another story. He grew, and grew, and grew. He looked to be part St. Bernard with his furry body and big jowls that dripped constantly.
The definition of foundation describes it as the lowest load-bearing part of a building, typically below ground level. Foundations bear the weight of the building and must be strong.
Jesus chose his disciples carefully. He was the cornerstone, the first stone set in the construction of a foundation but the apostles were the foundation. Ephesians 2:19-22 states, “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”
We are members of God’s household. We have Jesus as our chief cornerstone and the prophets and apostles as our foundation. We are the sanctuary of the Holy Spirit.
Over time, some houses are known to settle. They sink a bit and your porch might be a little uneven. Cracks can appear in the walls and ceilings. Houses need repairs and maintenance and so do we as Christians. We want a solid and firm foundation with a well maintained dwelling for our Lord. We’ve all seen condemned buildings that were once thriving homes or businesses. Now they sit alone and deserted waiting to be torn down.
One of my favorite chorus’ says, “Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true and with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you”. Daily maintenance checks in his word will keep your building looking brand new which is fitting for the residence of a king.