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A Wise or Foolish Builder?

Luke 6:39-49         

Tuesday, 13 February 2024

He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. -Luke 6:48


Let us examine Jesus’ teaching on being built on the rock as how it pertains to our life. Proverbs 24:3 says, “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established.” This is not only true of our house (home), it is also true of our life. The emphasis here is - You are building a life and the foundation you choose to build on, is the most important feature of your life. In the verses that follow, Jesus illustrates two ways of building your life.

Building your life on a firm foundation:

Jesus says that those who listen to and obey His words are those who build their life upon a strong foundation. John 1:4 says, In Him [Christ] was life, and the life was the light of men.” Hence, we understand He is the Source of our life! His words, all that He spoke, are spirit and life (John 6:63). If you desire this life, you need to accept His Lordship over your life by willfully repenting from your sin and turning to God.

To build our life on a firm foundation, we have to listen and obey Him. His words are Truth. When we obey His words, His Life flows into our life and the truth will set us free- free from the shackles of sin and the lies of the devil. Friend, place your faith in Jesus Christ today! If you’ve already placed your faith in Him, then continue to grow in Him by building on the foundation of His Word.

Your life will be like a building which has its foundations on a solid Rock- Christ Jesus Himself! 1 Cor.3:11 says, “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” A life built on the sure foundation of Jesus Christ will stand firm, no matter what storms of life rise up against us.

Destroying your life on the wrong foundation:

Jesus draws on His previous parable and applies it negatively to those who refuse to obey His words. In Matthew 7:26 Jesus says, “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.” Contrary to the wise man is a foolish man. Such a person does not choose life which is in Jesus Christ, but rather tries to build his life on his own understanding and perception of life. Many a time this is gained with the influences on one’s life—religion, upbringing, authority figures, friends, media, and the like. One’s own understanding has the flaw of being impacted by the world and the devil whose scheme is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Since the world around us is under the control of the evil one (1 John 5:19), those whose lives are not given to Christ are definitely influenced by him— and building one’s life in this manner is quite easy and not laborious. Such a person is short-sighted and avoids toil, quick to get things done and does not think of the future. But blessed is the man who sees things not in the light of the present, but in the light of eternity.

We often learn things the hard way when we begin to do life on our own terms, when what is spelt out in God’s Word is the best way and the far-sighted living in view of eternity is the right perspective. When we will establish our lives upon the teaching of Christ Jesus no storms of life will be able to ever pull us down.

As we understand these principles, let us be cautious to work out our Salvation with fear and trembling (Phil.2:12).

Prayer: Almighty God our Father, please enable us to build our lives on Your word and live in accordance with Your will till we meet face to face—in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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