A general contractor was well known for his quality-built homes. When he built a home, he always used the best materials and the best sub contractors. He kept a list of those he knew he could depend on quality work. The people who bought his homes were often willing to pay a premium price, because they knew the quality of home they were getting because this man built it.
As this man celebrated his 56th wedding anniversary with his wife, they decided to take a long vacation touringEurope. Before he left, he went to his son who had worked closely with his father, but had some different ideas about how to cut corners and maximize profit when building. His father sat down with him and laid out the blueprints for a new home in a community of house they were working on.
He said, “Son, you know your mom and I are going to be gone for a long time, will you build this home for me while I am gone?
The son replied, “Sure, Dad. I would be happy to do it.”
“Well, I know you can,” said the father, “But will you use the finest quality materials when building?”
“I’ll build according to the specifications you’ve outlined.”
“Will you use the best contractors who I’ve used over the years.”
“Dad, you know you can count on me to use the ones that we’ve always used.”
His father, “Son, I know you’ll take care of it. I’ll see you when your mom and I get back.”
The parents leave on vacation, and the son begins to get to work on the house. He decides that he can make some big savings on building this house, so instead of using a 2 x 6, he uses 2 x 4. The plans call for insulation, he figures it will never be missed so he leaves that out. Instead of using his dad’s sub contractors, he finds those who underbid them. Even though the work isn’t as good, the savings to him are substantial and he pockets the cash.
When his dad returns from his trip, he goes with his son to look at the house. On the outside, it looks as good as the others houses in the neighborhood. Dad is proud. He asks his son, “Did you the best materials and workers?”
His father puts his arm around his son, and says, “Son, I know that you and Alice are going to get married next year — this is your mother’s and my gift to you.”
It hurts to cut corners, especially corners to the foundation of our lives. Let me ask you a question today, “How would you describe the state of your spiritual foundation —
It is being built.
It is being eroded.
It needs repair.
It needs to be expanded.
It has had corners cut.
Hebrews 11:1 challenges us to realize faith is the foundation for building our lives. Hebrews 11:1 (GOD’S WORD Translation) says, “To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.”
Such a foundation for the writer to the Hebrews flows out of a living relationship with Jesus Christ. So how is your foundation doing today?