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Written by W.R. Daniels, Jr.   

Let us suppose for a moment that you are planning to build a house. You talk to a couple of builders about what the cost would be etc. In your inquiry you find that there is a considerable difference in the cost given to you by the two builders. Upon further investigation you find that the difference in cost is in the foundation of the building. One builder will dig deep to build the foundation on that which is solid. The other will just build on top of the ground. A friend asks, “Which builder are you going to use?” You answer, I sure could use the money that I could save by building the cheaper house, but I understand that a house is no stronger than its foundation. It would be foolish to build a house with the foundation laid on the top of the ground, so I am going to use the builder that will lay the better foundation. Your friend answers, I think you are wise.

Jesus had something to say about this in his sermon on the mount.  He said, “Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded, upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:47-49)

This message of Jesus is about “obedience,” and “disobedience,” that is, doing or not doing what the Lord says. In effect Jesus teaches us that either way we are building a house. The house we are building is the character and manner of life. The life we live shows what kind of foundation we have built on. If our life is built upon what Jesus says, then it is built upon him and we are considered by him to be wise. (Matthew 7:24)  Our life (house) then, will not fall in ruins when the storms of fife beat upon it. It is foolish to build our life upon earth.  Earth is in itself unstable, and when storms come to beat upon it, it will shift and sink. A life (house) built upon self, pleasures of the world, riches, pride, honor, etc., is a very unstable life. It cannot stand the storms of life because it is not built on Christ the solid rock.

There are many today whose lives are in ruins, because their foundation of life was not laid upon Jesus Christ. What must one do? Come to Jesus Christ; submit to his authority, his words and ways. In other words, move out of your old house and start building a new one, come to Jesus, do what he says, live the life he says live, and you will be building on a rock, a foundation that cannot be moved. Storms will come, but your house will not fall.

Consider this, the house we build should not be built to our honor and glory, but to the honor and glory of Jesus Christ who loved us and died for us. Here are the materials we are to use in building our house. Remember that we start building by laying a foundation, and it must be laid on something solid, like rock. The foundation we lay is our “faith” in Jesus, the rock of our salvation.  Having laid the foundation we add to it the superstructure of, “virtue , knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, and brotherly kindness,” and to this we add the roof of “charity.” This is a house that will honor God, and our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ.  The apostle Peter said, …”for if ye do these things ye shall never fall.” See 2 Peter 1:5-10.

W. R. Daniels Jr.


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