THE SURE FOUNDATION
Whenever We prepare to build a home, we always seek a solid foundation because we recognize the truthfulness of the statement that a house is no stronger than its foundation. We should be just as careful of the foundation of our spiritual house because a strong spiritual house cannot be built unless it is built upon the solid foundation of Christ our Lord.
In concluding the sermon on the mount, Jesus said, “Wherefore, whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man which built his house upon a rock; And the rain descended, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.” Then he further stressed the importance of hearing and doing by saying, “And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand, And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house: and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” (Matt.7:24-27). (Emphasis mine. J.B.)
What was the difference between these two men? Both heard the same thing; both took action, but the difference was in the kind of action that they took. One heard Jesus’ sayings and obeyed; the other heard but failed to obey. Jesus said that the one who obeyed was compared to a man who built his house upon a solid rock, and the one who did not obey was like a man building a house on the sand. We need to think about this matter seriously, and plan our lives accordingly. Our spiritual house will determine our eternal destiny. You and I are building our spiritual house day by day. We are either building it upon Christ, the solid foundation, or upon the world, which is only sand that will fade away. To build your spiritual house upon Christ, you must hear the gospel, The apostle Paul said in Rom. , “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” However, hearing and turning away without obedience is no better than not hearing at all. Jesus said in John 8:32, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” This is a promise that you shall be able to find the truth. It is also a promise that the truth will make you free. However, it is also a warning that only the truth can make you free. Truth is found in God’s Holy Word. Study it; learn it; then obey it, and you will be building on the solid foundation.