Two Foundations

Two Foundations

Matt 7:24-29

 

24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. It collapsed with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 because he was teaching them like one who had authority, and not like their scribes.

When Jesus taught, his lessons were often ultimatums. Basically what He said was it is my way or the highway, but often He did it in a much more gentle way. Here we find no mincing of words; instead, He teaches with “authority, and not like a scribe”.

Jesus tells us that as we listen to His words, we have two options: act on them, or do not. To make His point clear, He uses an illustration that we are all familiar with in some manner. Most people understand the structural difference between rock and sand.

Jesus says hearing His words and acting upon them is wise, even if you are not wise. He says you will be like a “wise man who built his house on the rock”. This stands in start opposition to being “a foolish man who built his house on the sand”. If your foundation is no good, it doesn’t matter if you build your house out of straw, sticks, or even bricks, because when the big bad wolf called challenge comes strolling along, your house will come crumbling down!

Jesus says listen to His words and build your home on the sure foundation, the Rock: that is Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God (Matt 16:16). When your foundation is Rock solid, trials and tribulations will not cause your foundation to give a millimeter!

It is like the old Hymn: On Christ the solid rock I stand

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand

 

In Christ,

Pastor Jacob