Today I'd like to introduce you to Kelli Hughett, a new friend and fellow Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas author who's visiting my blog today. Like the summer visits of long ago, I hope you enjoy Kelli's time with us today.
Have you ever played Jenga? Each player takes turns pulling a block out of a large stack, tugging ever so carefully so as not to upset the tower. If you cause the tower to fall, you lose.
Sometimes, I’m afraid we play Jenga with our faith. We stack our towers with spiritual building blocks—prayer, Bible reading, fellowship, meditation, service, obedience, and belief.
When the pressures of life assault our tower, however, we begin to play Satan’s game instead. We feel the pressures of time and commitment and believe the lie that if we remove a block from our life stack, things will improve. Prayer is often the first block we slide from the tower.
At first we don’t even miss it. The base of our tower remains strong and unmoving. Then more pressure comes. More defeat, more struggle, more disappointment, less money.
We slide other blocks from the tower, thinking we can use the room for other things, but the slot remains empty because nothing can fill the space where faith fits in our lives.
We pull blocks out left and right, but we’re not stupid. We try to slide blocks from all sides, counting on perfect balance to keep our tower aloft.
After a while, the tower begins to sway precariously.
This is Satan’s favorite part of the game. A sneeze, a tiny tremor of the table, even a slight breeze can cause the tower of our faith to fall to ruin. Make no mistake, he will take this advantage.
How is your faith tower doing today? Is it solid and strong, or does it feel like the slightest breeze will blow it over? Is Satan’s game about to topple your tower?
Or maybe your tower’s already crashed to the ground, and you’re sitting in the rubble wondering how it happened.
May I encourage you? Give your blocks to the Master and stop playing Satan’s game. First Corinthians 3:11 reminds us that Jesus Christ is the foundation of our faith.
“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Jesus Christ is the true foundation.
First Corinthians 3:13-14 says: “their work will be shown for what it is, because the day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person's work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.
We want our work to survive the fire. We want our tower to survive the pressures of this life.
Dear friend, build on Jesus. Put the blocks back one by one, line upon line. Cement the blocks with love and grace. Put prayer back in. Slide in Bible Study. Tap meditation into place. Hammer obedience home.
Stop playing Satan’s game and build on Jesus, the true foundation.
Kelli Hughett holds a degree in Women’s Ministry from Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver. In addition to teaching women, Kelli is a fiction writer and homeschool mom. She and her husband, Kirt, work with the church in Windsor, Colorado where they’re raising their three kids. Kelli loves agricultural landscapes, the Broncos, and reading the classics. Her debut novel, Red Zone, is available on Amazon. You can read more devotional thoughts or book a speaking engagement with Kelli at www.kellihughett.com.