June 2, 2021
Matthew 7:24, 26
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock… And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.“
In his familiar metaphor of building houses on either rock or sand, it’s interesting to note that both the wise person and the fool hear the same words of Jesus. We don’t know exactly how they heard them (In the marketplace? Synagogue? On a hillside?), but Jesus is clear that both are hearing the same message. The real point, Jesus says, is what do they do with those words?
That same question rings absolutely true for us today.
Our culture tends to put great emphasis on individuality, and that is wonderful in many respects. But there are many important similarities in simply being human, and in our passage, Jesus highlights just a few: We are all building lives (“houses”), we do so based on our beliefs and worldviews (“foundations”), and we all deal with periodic problems (“storms”). Most importantly, perhaps, is the fact that we all make choices in life.
There’s actually a lot of freedom in many choices we make. God doesn’t want us to be robots, He created us with preferences and likes; children made to learn, grow and thrive in our relationship with Him. And in Matthew here, Jesus doesn’t describe exactly what kind of house the people are supposed to build, what details it should include or not include, how much to spend, and so on. No, Jesus just points to the foundation: What’s the bedrock of your life’s significant choices? Who or what guides your most important decision-making? And when the storms of life blow strong, what can you hang on to, to stay afloat?
It’s a question we all need to return to consistently, throughout our lives: What is the foundation I am building my life’s house upon? Let’s take that question to God today!
Lord, please show me, how is my foundation looking? Are there any sandy areas creeping in? What changes should I consider to keep my foundation as rock-solid as possible?