Monday, April 21, 2014

The builder. Part 1 (Luke 6:47,48a)

Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock (Luke 6:47, 48a NASB)

Jesus wanted to explain to his followers how obedience to His words would affect their lives. They would be like a builder who built his house on solid rock, he told them. The foundation was firm and unshakeable. There was no danger of shifting ground and a crumbling foundation in the future. It was going to stay where it had been "planted". 

What a great foundation for a life! Solid rock. Unshakeable. Trustworthy. That's the foundation I want, one that can withstand the storms of life and still be standing after the storm has passed. 

It is important to note that not every person in the crowd around Jesus was so firmly rooted and grounded. Not everyone who listened attentively in the crowd was building their life on solid rock. The solid rock foundation requires more than hanging out with the church crowd, attending an occasional service, and knowing the "faith language".  It requires more than listening carefully to the sermons and taking extensive notes. To have a rock-solid  foundation, we have to come to Jesus, hear with understanding, and do what He says. We have to obey, and it is not optional. 

What kind of foundation have you chosen for your life? 

Pray today that we and our loved ones will not just listen but also obey Jesus, and build our lives on the Solid Rock. 
Here's the link for Orkin Dads, last night's post: