Burj Khalifa in Dubai remains to be the tallest building in the world since 2010. Here is it’s construction timeline:
January 2004 – excavation started
February 2004 – piling started
March 2005 – superstructure started
June 2006 – level 50 reached
January 2007 -level 100 reached
March 2007 -level 110 reached
April 2007 – level 120 reached
May 2007 – level 130 reached
July 2007 – level 141 reached world’s tallest building
September 2007 – level 150 reached world’s tallest free standing structure
April 2008 – level 160 reached world’s tallest manmade structure
January 2009 – completion of spire Burj Khalifa tops out.
September 2009 – Exterior cladding completed
Jan 2010 – official launch ceremony. (https://www.burjkhalifa.ae/en/the-tower/design-construction/ )
It is interesting to note that a whole year was spent in constructing the foundation only. That’s how it usually is when buildings are being constructed.
A lot of time is usually spent on laying the foundation, and once it’s done, the superstructure always go up quickly. This is because a good foundation translates to a solid structure.
This is similar to our Christian lives too. As with buildings, we need foundation too. Unfortunately, this is where a big problem arise. It’s not that many people don’t have foundation. They do. Only that it’s laid on the wrong things.
The writer of the article “Jesus Christ, our only foundation” by Blue Letter Bible Ministry notes that, “So many people attempt to lay foundations for their lives. Some turn to earthly riches. Others hope in human wisdom. Others put their confidence in personal power and influence. Such vain pursuits are like attempting to construct a building upon shifting, sinking sand.”
What is a good foundation?
As we have already established, the question is not if one has a foundation, but rather which foundation one has, since there’s both a good and bad foundation.
Paul in 1st Corinthians 3:11 gives us what a good foundation means. “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Our foundation is Jesus Christ. A foundation that is built on Jesus is one that is firm, steadfast, one that will endure the severest of trials, one that will stand even when everything else fails. Anything apart from that is pursuit of vanity.
Reasons why we need a firm foundation.
Most of the times we always want to skip the “foundation” part and head straight to the “building” part, which can be very detrimental to our spiritual lives. We need a firm foundation. We need to build on rock. This is because:
1.A firm foundation helps us to be rooted in the knowledge of God.
There’s usually this narrow view of thinking, that we can grow to maturity without the basic foundational truths.
We often like to spend very little time on the foundational part, and tend to focus more on the building process.
But the truth is, if we don’t understand the basic truths, our spiritual journey will be chaotic, as it will be one that lacks a biblical view of life in God’s kingdom, which is very necessary for us to be rooted in God’s word.
2.A firm foundation helps us to withstand the storms in life.
Mathew 7:24-27, “therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had it’s foundation on a rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the stream rose, and the winds blew against that house, it fell with a great crash”
We will all go through “storms” at some point in our lives. What will help us stand is if our foundation is firm.
Let’s then be the wise builders and lay our foundation on rock.
3. A firm foundation helps us stand against false teachings.
We live in a time where there’s a lot of false teachings going around. (Make sure to watch American Gospel)
But this shouldn’t surprise us, since Jesus assured us that they will come. Mathew 24:24, “for false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible even the elect.”
And as David Mathis reminds us, “if you cannot identify any voices you hear as false, it’s not because you aren’t being exposed, but because you are falling for it in some way”
If one does not have a firm foundation in the teachings of Christ, it’s is very easy to fall for false teachings, because as it is said, “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”