[The Parables] The Wise and Foolish Builders
"Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete."
This week, we dive into how our actions reveal our hearts, our faith, and our trust in the Lord. This parable appears in both Matthew (7:24-27) and Luke, but the truth Jesus shares remains the same: Stand on solid rock [have faith in Christ Jesus alone] and your house will not crumble [you will not be shaken] by the storm [the attacks from the enemy].
Practice what you preach. It's an overused phrase, sure, but it speaks volumes to the heart of what faith is. In Luke 6, after choosing the twelve apostles, Jesus gives a sermon filled with rich wisdom, including the parable of The Wise and Foolish Builders. This parable describes two groups - the people who practice [live out] the word of Christ and those who don't walk the talk. Their actions - wise, sound choices vs. foolish, irrational choices - reveal where their faith lies.
Let's face it. We all experience storms in life, floods and rains and winds that threaten to shake our foundation. It could be financial or relational, mourning a loss of friendship, a job, a home, or a life. These worldly afflictions, these attacks from the enemy have no power over those founded, rooted in Jesus. In this parable, Jesus is comparing His Word to a rock, a steadfast foundation. And those foolishly building their house on "ground without a foundation" are crushed under the weight of the storm.
My dad taught his own version of this parable when I was a little girl. At the beach, I loved to build sand castles, and, of course, my older siblings and I always built our castles right by the water. I remember crying when the water erased any trace of my hard work, only to have my dad sit me down and gently tell me, "Come up the beach a little bit, away from the waves, and let's find a better foundation for your castle."
I like to imagine God holding my hand, guiding me to solid ground, to the rock of Christ Jesus. There He places me, there He teaches me, and it's on that rock I must stand - always.
It's simple, really. Practice what you believe. Live out the faith you proclaim. Rebuke the lies and attacks from the enemy with the authority you have in Christ Jesus. Stand strong. Do not be disheartened by the rains, the winds, the flood waters of this world. He is our rock, and when we place our faith in anything but Him, we crumble to pieces in the sinking sand. Don't crumble when the enemy throws storms your way, but stand on the solid rock, and His truth, love, grace, mercy, and hope will prevail.
Stand on the Solid Rock, darlings. Anchored in Christ, we are not shaken.