The spiritually alive person has choices to make about how he builds his house. We have Jesus’ teaching available to us to read, study and apply to our lives. It’s our choice to use it or ignore it. Will you build your house on the rock? Because the storm is coming…
46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
This is timely for me. I just finished a deep look at what it means to be born again. When one receives Jesus God provides a spiritual birth through the Holy Spirit which Jesus describes in John 3 as being born again. There are repetitive encouragements in the New Testament for us to live our lives worthy of the calling we have received. And so today I am assessing how consistent my life is to my spiritual status – I am born again. Does my life reflect this truth? Does yours?
Jesus was speaking to the masses on this day, and had been talking about the Golden Rule. Then he entered a discussion about the fruit we bear in our lives, before providing today’s description of a life in which we practice our beliefs…
When we put Jesus’s words into practice, he says we are like a man who digs down deep and lays his foundation on rock. Jesus describes his house as well-built and able to withstand a flood and torrent. The alternative is to not follow Jesus’ teaching and live in a house which cannot withstand a storm.
The spiritually alive person has choices to make about how he builds his spiritual house. We have Jesus’ teaching available to us to read and study and apply to our lives. It’s our choice. We have a choice to use it and we have a choice to ignore it.
The outcome of each choice is clear to Jesus. Be ready to withstand storms or get blown away. So why do we choose wrong? Why does he let us choose wrong? Free will is a bummer isn’t it? We want it so bad, yet it’s the reason that we stumble. We choose wrong and then we can’t hold up to the wind and rain.
It’s important to reflect, each of us, on whether we are building on the rock. And notice that if we aren’t building on Jesus, we probably still think our foundation is strong. That’s one of the tricks, isn’t it? We trick ourselves into thinking that our family is a strong foundation, our education has equipped us, or our self-made wealth will cover us through thick and thin. Famous last words.
Jesus says build your life on the solid foundation of his teaching. Will you?