“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the 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. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-26
This week, a 60 foot wide sink hole swallowed a beautiful resort in Clermont causing irreparable damage. It is interesting that what mankind worked so hard to build, could crumble to the ground in minutes. This resort’s exterior may have been to human standards, structurally sound, yet could not withstand the sinking sand.
The creativity of the design and the stability of the construction are little in comparison to a shaky ground. So too can we be “structurally” and Biblically sound, yet how easily we sink at the slightest shifting of ground. Isn’t it interesting that no matter how hard we work at being patient, kind, full of joy and mercy, yet we fail at a moment’s notice when we feel as if we are losing control. We become unglued and unsteady, shaky, and sometimes demolished by cutting words, deaths, illnesses, disappointments, aggravations, and life’s storms.
Like the Disney resort, we work very hard on our exterior. We work out, we clothe ourselves in the latest styles, we fix our broken pieces with surgery, we bathe, but do we put to action what we hear and read? Do we live what we preach? Is our faith built on sinking sand or a solid rock?
Are we a wise or foolish builder? Have we built our lives on the things of this world that shift with the sand, or have we built our lives on a foundation of rock that no storm, no flood, and no sink hole can wash away?
Our church’s name is now officially the Rock. This name comes with great accountability. We have got to live stable and faithful lives (on days that don’t include Sunday). We cannot be shaky in our faith. We must stand firmly together and open our doors to be a hospital for the broken. We must be willing and even pray for interruptions and use those opportunities to testify about Christ’s love for the lost. We must not demand to be fed, but get up and start feeding the flock of people God has put in our lives. This is not just one shepherd’s job. May the Lord be with this great church and this great family!
My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand; All other ground is sinking sand.