Pastor Rich centred the family service on Matthew 7:24-27 this week. It is well known as the parable of the wise and foolish builders.
‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.’
The idea is clear, we need to make the foundations of our lives firm. All too often people choose the wrong foundation to build their lives on however. For some (especially in this present age) it is based on fame and prestige. People seek out their fifteen minutes of fame. Celebrity is a do all and end all in itself. For others it is artificial crutches of drugs or alcohol which are seen to be needed “just to get through the day.” And yet for others, who may well look down upon those who build of the values of the world, they themselves often fall into the trap of “self-righteousness.”
But Jesus said there is a firm foundation, beyond the temporal, the artificial, and the self that gives life true meaning. These are Jesus’ “words of mine . . . puts . . . into practice.” I remember a youth minister decades ago saying that each of us has a Christ-shaped vacuum within our lives. Many of us seek to fill it with the wrong things. Only Jesus, the true rock of foundation is sufficient to bear us up when “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew.”
Are your foundations set in the rock of God’s love today, or on the sand of the illusion of stability? Let us seek to dig deep into the stone of truth, and put the word into practice today. Let’s be wise builders.