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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.”—Matthew 7:26 (NKJV)
As a little boy growing up in Stamford, Connecticut, I can remember the excitement that enveloped my little soul when we had the opportunity to go to Florida for vacation. For my siblings and me, it meant countless hours on the beach! During those hours on the beach, I can also remember countless attempts to make sandcastles. Now, in my juvenile mind, I was convinced that if I put in just enough time and effort, my sandcastle would be able to withstand the crashing waves that would potentially eviscerate it. I was wrong.
There was nothing more exasperating than building this amazing structure, gloating over it with pride, taking a quick swim in the ocean, only to come back and find the structure wiped out. Sound familiar? Jesus, while giving one of the greatest recorded sermons in the history of preaching, speaks directly to this very issue. Only Jesus cleverly illustrates the problem by paralleling it with our reluctance to put the message of the gospel into practice as it relates to our lives.
Friends, there is an extreme danger in going to church, worshipping while the music plays, enjoying the eloquence of the preacher’s message, and doing absolutely nothing with it! Living out this model, your church experience is merely a social experience with music therapy and a great speech (Ezekiel 33:30-32).
Simply going to church isn’t enough to sustain you when life’s storms come. And oh yes, storms will come (James 1:2). If you read through the rest of Jesus’ illustration on this subject matter, He explains that the rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat on the house. Great was the sandcastle’s fall (Matthew 7:27).
The good news is that while we are promised that storms and trials will come, we are also promised that Jesus will overcome life’s difficulties. He will right all of our wrongs. He will correct this fallen world and fix all the stuff we’ve broken (John 16:33)! In the meantime, while we await His triumphant return, Jesus exhorts us to build our house on the rock— on Jesus! The house that is built on the solid Rock will be able to endure or withstand life’s storms. That my dear friends is good news!
DIG: Read Matthew 7:24-27, John 12:47, James 1:2, and Ezekiel 33:30-32.
DISCOVER: Ask yourself these hard questions: “Is church just a social experience for me? Am I really putting God’s Word into practice?”
DISPLAY: Demonstrate obedience and confidence in the solid rock Jesus by allowing HIM to Lord over your life.