Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (ESV)
If you were raised in church, then not only did you witness the flannel graph presentation of this parable, you also learned the song. Now, it’s going to be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
The simple principle here is that if we build on the right foundation, Christ’s teaching, then our foundation will be stable regardless of what peril might come our way. If we build on an unstable foundation, well, then our house goes “splat.”
Jesus says that the wise man “hears these words of mine and does them.” While we can certainly gain wisdom from all of Jesus’ words, He is specifically referring to the previous three chapters of Matthew that we know as “The Sermon on the Mount.” In this sermon, Jesus gives us wisdom on the Law, murder and hatred, adultery and lust, divorce, oaths, retaliation and redemption, love for our enemies, serving the poor, prayer, fasting, eternal investments, worry, judging others, salvation, consequences, discernment, and building wisely. If we hear what Jesus says AND do what He says, then we are like the wise man. If not, well, “splat.”
Take the next 10 minutes and read the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-7:29). What one principle of Christ’s wisdom stood out to you? What have you built on a solid foundation? What in your life is shifting in the sand?
Copyright © 2009 by Allen White
Scripture quotations taken from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version, copyright © 2001, Wheaton: Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.