Matthew 7:24-29 Whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock. 25 And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house. And it did not fall, for it was founded a rock. 26 And every one who hears these sayings of Mine and does not do them will be likened to a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house. And it fell. And its fall was great.”
28 When Jesus finished these sayings, the people were astonished at His teaching, 29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
In this text Jesus gives a parable about two house builders. The house in this parable is a picture of our life. Each of these people built a house based on their understanding of what Jesus said.
Now, both builders built their lives based on how they interpreted the Gospel. Both believed what they heard and applied it to their lives based on their understanding of it.
The Gospel message is that we must believe in God's atoning work on our behalf at the cross in order to be saved.
Both seem to believe the same things and live the same kind of lives. They have a lot in common, at least on the outside.
While there are several similarities, there are some very major differences between these two types of people. Those differences are worth noting.
One Man Built His House On The Sand - This person heard the Gospel but instead of coming to saving faith by what was heard they took it upon themselves to be driven by religious appearance, science, the world's wisdom and their own opinions.
Paul describes them this way in 2 Timothy 3:5-having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
The other builder built his house on the Rock. The "ROCK" is solid! On Christ the solid "Rock" I stand, all other ground is sinking sand. These are hearers and doers of God's Word. The Gospel is their foundation for Christian living.
How are you building? On Sand or the "Rock? Which house describes your life?
Are you standing by faith on the Word of God in the good and bad times of life? Or, have you given up on the Christian faith and living your life according to me, myself and I theology?
People of God where is your faith on today? How are you living your life?
If you are building your house on sand and do not know Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins, I pray that you would find a quiet place right now and cry out to Him in repentance for your sins, confession of your faith in Him and I have no doubt that He will save your right now.
The Gospel message is the power unto salvation. Surrender today to the life saving message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Salvation comes from God through a personal relationship with Christ Jesus alone. Man can add NOTHING to saving his or her own soul. It is a "GIFT" from God.
How are you building your life?
There is no other name given in heaven or earth by which man can be save than that of the name of Jesus.
Building your life on anything else than Jesus and the Gospel is a path that ends in destruction, wrath and judgment.
The storm is coming and how you are building your house now will determine if it will withstand the test of life and remain standing or if it will crumble and fall because it was built with your tools and not the tools God has given you in His Word to live your life by.
We all have a choice to make. We can either travel the wide gate that leads to separation and death apart from God or we can travel the narrow way in which the scripture declares that few finds.
If your house is built on Jesus, the "Solid Rock" you will weather the storms of life and you will be saved in the end.
Looking religious last for a little while. True salvation manifests itself by the fruit of the Spirit.
We all are building. The question to be answered is how are we building? On sand or the Solid Rock?
Regardless of what you do to the house you are building, what matters the most is the foundation upon which you are building.
There is a storm out on life's ocean and it is moving this old way, if your soul is not anchored in Jesus, you will sure drift away.
My grandma, mom and the saints of old in my church growing up sang this song every Sunday as a reminder of the importance of having our anchor in Christ who is the "Solid Rock!
Be sure you are building on the "Rock". Be very sure that your anchor holds and grips the solid Rock!