Matthew 7:24-29- “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.25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
26 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. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
In this text, Jesus tells the story of 2 builders. One is wise and the other is foolish. The point is both are building a house.
Everyday day of our life is spent building our house. Everyone of us has a life to live and a house to build.
We all are given the opportunity to build and we are all given the opportunity to choose the material we will build with. The point to remember is that how we build our house (life) will determine our now and our eternity.
When builders builds a house, both look like they are being built the same way, but by different builders because both possibly used the same kind of materials to build.
The difference that Jesus informs us of concerning these 2 builders is that the foundations they built upon were not the same.
One man built on the "Rock." Jesus describes this person as "wise". The other person built their foundation on "sand." Jesus describes this person as "foolish."
The true evidence of how firm the foundations are on both of these houses will not be known until the storms, floods and heavy rain comes.
Jesus says that the house that is built on the "Rock" (those who hear His Words and obey them) will withstand the test and trials of life, but the house that is built on "sand" (self reliance) is guaranteed to crumble and will be destroyed.
What is this rock that Jesus says will stand the test of life? The Apostle Paul describes this rock as Jesus Christ in 1 Corinthians 3:11-11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Saints, Jesus is the only one we can rely on! If your life is built on Christ, your life will stand safe and secure on a sure foundation in the storms of life for Jesus is with you and He promises to never leave us nor forsake us.
To build on Christ Jesus who is our sure foundation means to live a life that is in total dependence upon him and not reliance of self. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and He will direct your path.
Everyone of us is daily building on one of these 2 foundations. We are either building our lives as "wise" or "foolish" men and women, according to the way we choose to live.
Jesus describes the wise as one who not only hears, but puts what he or she heard into practice.
The difference between these 2 builders is obedience or disobedience. This is what determines whether we are "wise" or "foolish."
To bring it home: 2 comes to church on Sundays professing Christ, both are familiar with scripture, they both got the church talk and act down pack, and it appears to be no difference between them.
There are times when we are unable to tell who is and who is not, but God knows for He declares in Matthew 7:21-"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Only those who build on the “Rock” will stand. James 1:22-Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Many are hearing and few are obeying what they hear in the Word of God.
How are you building? Is your house being daily built on the "Rock" or on "sand"? How are you building. This question must be pondered, but most of all, answered by you and I daily. Our now and our future destination is determined by the foundation on which we willfully choose to build upon.
Where do you stand? Are you a professing Christian whose house is daily being built on the "Rock"? Or, are you a professing Christian whose house is daily being built on "sand"? Who are you?
What are you doing with the Gospel truth when you hear it?
What is your foundation made of? What building materials are you using to build your life? Is it prayers and the Word of God? Is it "Rock" or is it sand?
The evidence of who we all are (character) is proven in the life we daily practice, especially during the time of testing. We can fool other people, but we cannot fool God. God sees our hearts as it is and He is knows the intent and motive of us all.
How are you building? You do know that you are daily building a house in the way you live each day right? Well, if you did not know that, as of today, you are without excuse!
God bless and I love you all.
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