In the church we sing, "How Firm a Foundation". That is also the exact same question the architect asked me today. You see, the first step in the renovation of our building is to dig down into the ground beside our building to see if the foundation is strong and firm. If the foundation is not strong then the building can not grow. And if the foundation is weak, we will have to make is stronger before any expansion (growth) can happen.
Then I thought, that's exactly what our spiritual life is like. We must have a strong and firm foundation. Without a strong and firm foundation no growth can happen.
“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwater rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn't obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”