Build your house on the rock – Part 5
To profess publicly what we believe in is not evidence that we trust God. Rather, as Jesus said, it is the obedience to the word that is the evidence of being a wise builder and a demonstration that our building stands on solid ground. Only those who obey and do His Word are building according to pattern and on the right foundation.
In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus gave an illustration of the wise and the foolish builders. In this teaching, He said the wise builder is one who does what he hears. He likened the doer of the word to one, who builds his house upon a rock, and when the rains fell and the wind blew, the house remained intact because its foundation was deeply entrenched on the rock. In contrast to the wise builder, the foolish builder is one who does not act on the word, which he hears. He likened such a one to a builder who builds his house on the quicksand without foundation. And when the rain fell and the wind blew, the house crashed to the ground. How tragic and disappointing it is to labour and build on a wrong foundation!
In this illustration of two builders, Jesus seemed to imply two things. First, He was the metaphorical rock, which if anyone builds upon shall never fail. Both in the Old and New Testaments, God and His Son Jesus are often illustrated as the rock (Gen.49:24; Psalm 18:2; 61:2; and 1 Corinthians 10:4). The second implication of Jesus’s illustration is that anyone who builds his house on the truth of His word by obeying them, such a house or work would not fail. But anyone who does not obey His truth or teaching is likened to one who is building his house on quicksand.
To be a wise builder as Jesus taught, one must follow certain paths. First, the builder must believe the Word of God. No one can build on the foundation of Christ without believing His Word. Jesus and His word are inseparable. To believe in one is as good as believing in the other. To trust in one is as good as trusting in the other.
Two, the life of the builder must be in sync with the word of God to yield results.
“But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” (I John 2:5-6 NKJV).
Three, the builder must strive to be a doer of the word. James 1:25 says, “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25 NKJV).
Four, the builder must dig deep into the word or into the knowledge of who Christ is. “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:6-7 NKJV).
Five, the builder must build to the pattern of Christ, “And you shall raise up the tabernacle according to its pattern which you were shown on the mountain” (Exodus 26:30 NKJV).
These steps bring us into conformity with the foundation of Christ, Who is the rock on which we all must build.
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