Jesus Christ is the rock. In 1 Corinthians 3:11 Paul writes “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one which is already laid which is Jesus Christ.”
Jesus in Matthew 7 tells us the story of the two builders; the wise man who builds his house on a foundation of rock and the foolish man who builds his house on a foundation of sand. The only difference was their foundation.
When the storms came and beat against the two foundations, the one built on rock stood firm while the house built on sand fell with a great crash. Now there are several similarities in the story of the two builders. Both built their houses in the same location. We know this because both houses were subject to the same storm. True believers and false believers invariably live side by side. They attend the same church and often go to the same Bible studies. Both of the buildings are so similar that they are indistinguishable to most people. In fact, both built their houses in the same way because the Lord said the only difference is in their foundation.
So both men built houses in the same location and they built them in the same way. Both individuals carry a Bible and a notebook; both of them pray, give, and participate in many of the same church activities. All of what they do looks identical. So the only difference is their foundation and unfortunately, the foundation is not visible once the great building is up. Only an honest, soul-searching examination can reveal the truth.
While the foolish person is in a hurry, the wise man is not. In Luke’s version, he wrote “The wise man is like the man building a house who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.” This man dug deep for the rock and blew away the sand of human opinion, perception, and self-will. There are many people who say they believe in Jesus Christ and accept His Word as the gospel truth, yet there is no evidence to confirm it. Their lives are superficial. We live in the age of superficiality. Millions of people profess to be Christians but when they don’t get what they want from Christ as fast as they want it, and their building starts to collapse, they immediately start looking for another sandy place on which to build.
Now what is this sand on which they look to build. It is human goodness, human effort, and self-sufficiency. Paul calls it “wood, hay and straw.” It is the oldest weakness of the flesh… “you, too can be like God.” We have all seen that happen. A person will say, “I’m a Christian”, but as soon as the demands of God’s Word are made clear to them, he or she is gone. That is not the way with the person who digs deep through the sand to the rock bed of God’s Word.
Jesus Christ is our foundation, He is our cornerstone. The person who digs deep gets rid of their self-righteousness and self-sufficiency. He or she builds for God’s glory, not theirs. Someday our Lord will return. Jesus will separate the wheat from the chaff. A windy, rainy storm is on the horizon and the house on the rock will stand firm while the house on the sand will fall with a great clash.
LIFE LESSON: What we see as truth may not be the truth; it may be a false truth. How do we tell the difference between the two? Teaching that lands at our feet and tells us what we must do is not the truth, but teaching that lands at the feet of Jesus and tells what He does in us, for us, and through us is the truth. Because Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Jesus is the rock; Jesus is our foundation, build on the rock.
We appreciate your continued support and for partnering with us to proclaim the truth in God’s Word about His amazing grace. To Him be the glory!
God is continuing to use and work through our Minibuk and ministry. Glory to God!