“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25)
Someone once said that life is the sum total of the choices we make. We are the product of our decisions. In this concluding section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is pointing out that we have the option to make wise choices or foolish choices. He also made it very clear that our choices have consequences.
Are you building on a solid foundation? Will your life withstand the storms and trials that will come your way?
In the story before us, Jesus compared wise choices and foolish choices. The wise man built his house on rock. The foolish man built his house on sand. Each man had the opportunity to make a decision that would have a lasting effect upon his life. One man made a wise decision. One man made a foolish decision.
What is a solid foundation? Jesus tells the answer to this question in verse 24, “whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken to a wise man who built his house on the rock.” In Luke 6:48a Jesus added, He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. The foundation that will withstand the storms of life is a life that is lived in disciplined obedience to the revealed Word of God.
The foundation of a building is not the most glamorous or attractive part of a building. It is usually hidden from view and rarely receives compliments, but it is the most important part of the building. The foundation determines the strength and durability of the building. And so it is with life, we tend to focus on appearance and style and convenience rather than the less popular fundamentals.
If you desire a life that will withstand the trials and tests of time, then you must live a life of disciplined obedience to God’s
Word. Jesus said any other choice will be classified as foolish, dull and sluggish. Or, as we would say today, the man who built his house on sand made a stupid decision.
Be a wise Christian; build your life on the Rock.
Written by Dr. Roger D. Willmore: Dr. Willmore is a well-known speaker at America’s Keswick and has been preaching here for years. Currently, he resides in Trussville, Alabama as the Senior Pastor of Deerfoot Baptist Church, a school teacher, and a professor at Kiev Christian University. He is an active Christian Life speaker in many areas of the world including Port of Spain, Haiti, India, and the West Indies. Previously, he served at the Alabama Baptist Pastor’s Conference as President and the United States House of Representatives as Guest Chaplain. Dr. Willmore will be speaking this summer during our Summer Week #3, click here for more info
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