Luke 6:46-49 – Why do you call me, "Lord, Lord," and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When the flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete. (NIV)
1 Peter 5:10 – And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (NIV)
The parable of the wise and foolish builders is a good lesson in construction whether we are building a house or building a life.
Years ago, I was in the construction business and I have dug many a foundation. Once the grass and topsoil were scraped back, the hard work of shovelling began. Invariably we would come upon many unseen obstacles. Rocks, tin cans, and long-forgotten water and sewer pipes were found to lie where we planned the foundation. Diligently we had to remove these obstacles until our ditch was straight, square and clean.
If we are to build a life on the rock of Jesus, we also have unseen obstacles that must be shovelled out. We can't build a new life on top of our old junky foundation. Our old sins of pride, greed, unforgiveness, self-reliance, materialism, and so on, all must be diligently removed.
But we don't have to do this by ourselves. All we have to do is ask for our Lord's help. By the strength of his Holy Spirit, he will come into us and take away those old sins and wrong desires, and make us new. We can trade in our old junky foundation for the straight, square and clean rock of Jesus. On this rock, we can begin to build a life that is strong, firm and steadfast for our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Lord God, thank you for being the rock upon which our lives of service are to be built. Amen.