What Are We Building Our House On
Matthew 7:26 New American Standard Bible 1995
26 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.
What are you building your life on? Whatever foundation we are building our lives on will determine our life will stand or fall when the storms of life come. Many today simply have the philosophy: YOLO (You Only Live Once). The foolishness of this is that they will pursue anything they perceive makes them happy or they believe they bring fulfillment. The deception in this is yes you only live once on this earth, but once your time on this earth is done, you will spend eternity somewhere.
To build one's life upon Jesus Christ is an unshakable foundation. But what does it mean to truly build one's life on Jesus. It means that we are not only hearers of God's word, but we are doers. In this verse the Lord speaks of acting or doing His words or command. Jesus points out that the fool is the one who hears His commands, but fails to live by them.
If we call ourselves a follower of Jesus but fail to build our lives on the word of God, we are missing out on all that God has for us. There is a principle in God's kingdom that His blessing is poured out as a result of obedience. We see this in Deuteronomy chapter 28. Now I know some today would say we no longer live under the law and this doesn't apply to the Christian. But I truly believe to believe that is foolishness. Yes we are no longer under the law as it has to do with dietary restriction, different Jewish holy days, and having to make an animal sacrifice when we have sinned. We know that Jesus death on the cross atoned for our sins once and for all.
But when we examine God's moral law and especially the principles of His kingdom, we understand that the character and nature of God does not change. Obedience to the Lord and His word is essential for living for the Lord. If we would call ourselves a Christian, yet fail to live according to God's word the question we need to ask ourselves are we truly a follower of Jesus. But if we will build our lives upon Jesus and His word, live according to it, we will build our lives on an unshakable foundation.
Father I pray today that you would lead and guide me to build my life upon your word and kingdom. Father reveal to me the areas of my life that need to be pruned and refined. Father continue to lead and guide me in all things. I pray that my heart and mind would be surrendered to you. That every blessing you have in my life would be poured out. Father I pray today that you would simply have your way and your will be done. In the name of Jesus.