Avoiding spiritual collapse

In 2019 a house collapsed in Salt Lake City. It seems that during some renovations, load-bearing walls were removed.

Load-bearing walls carry a lot of weight and support the floors and roofs of entire houses. Some walls you can remove; some you can’t. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Let’s imagine that you and I are like houses. What are the load-bearing walls that we need in our lives if we are to avoid spiritual collapse?

Yesterday I talked about Acts 2:42: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

Here’s the connection to being like houses. Our foundation is Christ, and we need to remember that the load is carried by God himself. But what if these four practices—being devoted to the apostles’ teaching (that we find in the New Testament), to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer—were like the walls of our lives which make us strong and secure, bracing us from spiritual collapse?

These practices are not dispensable—just how the load-bearing walls in a house are not dispensable. And when we keep them in place we are better positioned to be used by God’s Spirit, bless others, and stand strong and secure in our own lives.

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

And so can we.


Notes:

–My latest sermon is called “Load-bearing walls—for your life,” and is based on Acts 2:42-47. You can click here to access YouTube or audio-only options.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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