June 4, 2021
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 the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.”
Like Martha in the gospels, I have the personality of a “do-er.” I usually stay pretty busy just doing things. Typically I am far more comfortable getting things done rather than relaxing and reflecting.
That means I always find myself looking at the Scriptures through the same lenses, through the eyes of my performance. Did I get much done today? It’s just the way I’m wired. So when I read Jesus’ metaphor of the house built on a foundation of rock or sand, my first instinct is to always ask, “Okay, what do I need to do to make sure I’m building on the rock and not the sand?”
And generally, that’s an excellent question to ask! We need the consistent challenge to put legs to the lessons we are learning, especially what we hear from God. Jesus even said, whoever “hears these words of mine and does them” – well, that makes the whole idea of “What do I need to do?” sound very appropriate!
But, if you are at all like me, sometimes that question is a trap. If you are wired to accomplish tasks, if it’s satisfying for you to simply get things done, then your performance in life can become the focus of your relationship with God, and not the outcome. If all we’re doing is adding more tasks to our spiritual to-do lists in order to feel like we’re doing enough, then we’re already off the rails of grace. We do not, and never will, earn our way to God’s favor by any work we do, ever. Instead, we humbly receive it from His amazingly generous and loving Hands. In all of our tasks and accomplishments, we must never lose sight of the One behind it all.
So as we wrap up our brief look at the foundations of rock and sand this week, perhaps we might pause for a moment and not ask “What is your life’s foundation built upon?” Instead, perhaps a better question for us today might be “Whom is it built upon?”