Jesus definitely knows how to make a point. He did just that as he finished his sermon on the mount. He had just finished preaching and teaching to the gathered multitudes on everything from the beatitudes to marriage to how to pray to the giving of ourselves. This was a monumental sermon. He addressed so many topics! The gathered people were going to have a lot to disseminate and apply to their lives. He wrapped up the whole teaching with, “24 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. 25 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.”, as it is recorded in Matthew 7:24-25 NIV.
I worked in construction for a couple of years. I have also lived in many houses that had basements. When you are going to build something, you want to make sure it is on solid ground. You don’t want it shifting around because the ground is loose. You want to make sure the foundation can hold up a sturdy building so that the wind cannot blow it over. You also want to make sure that the building is sufficiently mounted to the foundation so if flood waters come, the building won’t lift up and float away. This is something Jesus also knew all too well. Jesus' dad was a carpenter by trade, and Jesus worked with him until He entered His time of ministry. He knew construction.
This is exactly what Jesus was saying, but He was referencing our lives. To build a solid foundation, sturdy building, and have it attached well, you need good materials, good tools, and most of all a good understanding of those materials, tools, and good building practices. Our lives are no different. To build our lives so they can face the storms of life, the rising flood waters of chaos and uncertainty, and the shifting ground of society, we must have the wisdom, teaching, and protection of Jesus.
Jesus says that everyone who hears His words and puts them into practice is like the wise builder. It’s not good enough to just hear or read His words. It’s not good enough to just go with what someone else says or is doing, even though they are reading and hearing His words. We each must listen to Jesus and read His word and put His teachings into practice, to survive all of the calamity that Satan is going to throw at us.
Are you listening to the Master? Are you reading Jesus' word, the Bible? Are you putting His teachings into practice? I hope so. To learn more about some of the tools and teachings Jesus shares, join in the discussion on Building A Firm Foundation. It’s a discussion series starting September 25, 2014.