“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house not he 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. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” – Matthew 7:24-27
Matthew 5-7 records Jesus preaching the Sermon on the Mount. Upon the conclusion of this sermon, He puts forth this teaching about building ones house upon the rock. What Jesus is doing here is drawing a line in the sand when it comes to who someone will follow. If you build your spiritual house and every aspect of your life upon Jesus, then when the storms of this life come your way, you will not be moved. Sure, you may take on some wind or water damage, but your house will still stand. But, if you do not do what I tell you and you attempt to follow any sort of other worldly system, maybe your own personal opinions, your own way of doing things, another religion, or anything else, you are as a man that builds his house on sand. When the storm comes, the house will be destroyed.[
As believers we are to build our houses on the very words of Christ. We have been gracefully given the Word of God, the Bible, and we are to stake everything that we are upon God’s Word. Our entire lives and everything that we do is to be reflective of the Word of God as it is to dictate every aspect of our lives. We are to obey God’s Word, we are to submit to God’s Word, we are to study God’s Word, we are to know God’s Word, and God’s Word is to direct us in everything. Thus, when the storms come, the house will not be shifted.
This is the same for the church. A church that does not build its house upon the Rock is not a biblical church. A church that does not build its house upon the Rock is a worldly church. When the storms come it will be shifted. When trials come, it will fall. The storms come in various ways. What I have come to find out in my short time here on earth is that many of the storms that face a church come from within a church. The way that tradition has taught us about church has not necessarily been the right way in some areas, thus, when the shift towards the Bible begins to take place, there are some storms that rise up. But I am confident of this, the church that builds it foundation upon the Rock will not be shifted nor will it fall. The church that stands upon the Word of God, no matter what trials or tribulations will come, will be blessed by God because that church will stand no matter what. God’s way is always the right way.
Build your lives upon the Rock which is Christ. Do not call yourself a Christian and refuse to bow to His authority and refuse to submit to His Word. Christ clearly tells us, if you do not do what I tell you, you are like a man that is building His house among the sand and when the storms of this life come, it will be destroyed.
Soli Deo Gloria!