When was the last time that you dreamed of building a house? Most young couples eventually talk with great excitement about what their dream house would be like. Do you remember when you went to the magazine section of the book store and selected a book of house plans? For the next several weeks you flipped through the pages and you planned your dream home. It became a daily, fun adventure drawing up where each room would be placed, planning where the furniture would go, and deciding on what the color schemes would be in each room.
When people sit down with an actual builder/designer they vividly describe their dreams. They discuss in great detail what they desire in their future home and outline what they can live with and without. Yet there is one part of the house they often never discuss. They give no thought to the most important part of the house. Very few ever confer about the foundation.
Jesus closed His sermon on the mount with a story about a critical part of the building. "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is 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. 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." (Luke 6:46-49 NIV)
There are three realities that Jesus gives us in these four verses:
When we drive through new sub-divisions where houses are being framed we openly comment about the size, shape or the style. You will notice Jesus makes no statements on any of these issues.
In this parable Jesus' sole concern is only with the foundation. I've never heard anyone say, "What a beautiful foundation you have." The only thing that matters to most people is what other people see. They are not prepared to invest money on things that are covered up. Jesus draws our attention to what is really important--- the foundation we build our lives on.
Jesus describes how the second man built his house. He did not build on a solid foundation, he built on the sand. This man saw no reason to invest time and money to build on a solid foundation of rock.
Jesus declares that all of us are busy building the house of our lives and each of us chooses our foundation.
I find it highly instructive to note that Jesus did not say, "If a storm or flood comes." Jesus said, "When the flood comes." Jesus is declaring that each house will face a storm. The question is, will your foundation withstand the storm?
What is the foundation of your life built on? What is most important in your life that you build everything else around? Is it your career, personal relationships, possessions, a lifestyle, or maybe even your own family? If Jesus is not your focus and what you are building your life on, you can be sure of future disappointment.
The storm will blow through your life at some point. The winds will twist, leaving destruction in their path if the foundation is not solid. People lose their careers because of misunderstandings, lay-offs, and physical problems everyday. Personal relationships break down. Possessions rust and decay. Lifestyles change with time. Family members disappoint and sometimes leave because of abandonment or death.
What happens when these disappointments come? Will your house stand or fall? It completely depends on your foundation.
Remember the big earthquake that hit
The answer is simple: eight inch anchor bolts that attach new houses to their foundations. The investigators discovered that many of the demolished homes were not attached to their foundations. The builders failed to obey the building code.
Here is the kicker in this parable. The foundation is not about whether you have been baptized or not; we know that is essential. Building on a solid foundation is about trusting Jesus enough to be immersed to become a Christian AND follow through with daily obedience to His words.
Remember Jesus said, "The one who hears my words and puts them into practice. . ." It's essential that the nuts and washers are attached to the anchor bolts. Obedience connects us to the foundation of Jesus Christ. We must trust Him enough to be immersed for the remission of our sin and be faithful in our daily walk with the Lord (Revelation 2:10).
Many people claiming to be a child of God fail to obey the Word of the Lord. That's why the homes of many Christians are swept away by the storms.
The Apostle Paul declared, "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 3:11 NIV).
Many of you reading this have been through many storms over the years. They have come with great force and your house has been shaken, but you have stood strong in the face of adversity. Your daily obedience to the Lord has strengthened you because your house is built on and attached to the strong foundation of Jesus Christ.
The application is clear. At the base of any strong building lies a carefully planned and well-constructed foundation. In all aspects of life - career, family, relationships, it seems as though we try to create a tower without first ensuring that we have a good foundation. For some reason we assume that if we just keep adding bricks that the structure will grow stronger, but we never address the core issue of the bedrock. Therefore, when hard times come and trials ensue, we have no rock upon which to stand and the boulders that we have spent years precariously stacking one upon the other begin tumbling.
This notion often carries into the realm of our spiritual lives. God not only calls us to trust in Him, to build on Him, but He also calls us to seek Him, thus ensuring a well-built foundation.
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