WISE AND FOOLISH BUILDERS
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on a rock…But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand…” Matthew 7:24, 26.
You don’t have to be a builder to know that a house must be built on a solid foundation if it is to weather storms. Without a foundation there is nothing to keep it from falling down or blowing away. Jesus used this simple picture to urge His disciples to build their lives on a foundation of truth that will not fail them when they are faced with the storms of life.
Every religion has its teachers and its teachings based on the gods they serve. How do we know which one is telling the truth?
First of all we must look at the person who is telling us what to do. We have to look at two things: what kind of person was he, and did he do what he taught?
Secondly, we have to find out who the authority is behind his teaching. What is the god like who is responsible for the teaching?
It is not possible to examine all the teachings of every religion. One thing we can say is that there is only one God who claims to be the true God – the God of the Bible. When we examine what He has revealed about Himself, we discover that He is the only one who is so different from human beings and other gods that no one could have made Him up. He is the only one who loves and gives. All the other gods are like human beings and who are cruel, unpredictable and make demands on their worshippers.
The Bible tells us that God sent His Son, Jesus, to show us what He is like. God the Father gave Jesus authority to say and do what He said and did. Jesus not only taught His disciples about God and how God wants us to live; He also lived out what He taught and then gave His life for us so that we don’t have to face the punishment for our sin. When He was punished as an innocent man, He was calm and went to the cross without a struggle because He trusted in God.
“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats, but entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” 1 Peter 2:23.
Jesus also kept His promise that He would rise again. No other god or religious leader has ever done that! He said that if we do what He taught, our lives would not fall apart when we face hardships and trouble. If He kept His word about His resurrection, we can surely trust Him to keep His promise that we will not be blown away in the storms of life if we follow His teaching.
Best of all is that He sent His Holy Spirit to live in us if we believe in Him. The Spirit gives us the power to do what Jesus tells us. If we follow Him, we will build our lives on a solid foundation which will keep us standing firm when the storms of life hit us because Jesus is always with us and He will hold us and keep us strong.
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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