24″Anyone who listens to My teaching and obeys Me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse, because it is built on rock. 26 But anyone who hears My teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will fall with a mighty crash.”
~ Matthew 7:24-27 NLT ~
A house builder knows the importance of a good foundation. While you may be able to cut corners elsewhere, if the foundation of a building or house is not firm, it will begin to erode over time, eventually ruining the house. If a foundation begins to erode, walls will begin to crack, and the house will even begin to crumble and fall apart.
When Jesus was talking to the crowds who had gathered for the Sermon on the Mount, He told them that if they were wise, they would listen and obey Him, just as a wise man who built his house on a rock, and that anyone who hears His word and ignores it is foolish, like someone who builds his house upon the sand. One thing Jesus wasn’t — He was never politically correct.
You see, Jesus never wasted words like we sometimes do, on small talk and foolishness. His words were important — you see, His words were the words of life. That’s why when Jesus asked the twelve disciples if they were going to leave Him as many others did, Peter had this reply:
68 Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You alone have the words that give eternal life. 69 We believe them, and we know You are the Holy One of God.”
~ John 6:68-69 NLT ~
If Jesus’ words are life, and we refuse to obey them, then it only stands to reason that disobedience to His words will bring death. As a matter of fact, in this study of the Words of Jesus, it is at this point in the study that we must begin to comprehend just how important the Words of Jesus are. We see here that Peter recognized that Jesus alone had the words that give eternal life, but this goes even deeper than Peter may have realized at the time.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
~ John 1:1-5 NKJV ~
Do you see it? In the beginning… we’re talking about the very beginning… we’re talking about Genesis 1:1, when God created the heavens and the earth…
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
~ Genesis 1:1 NKJV ~
In the beginning was the Word… The Word was and is Jesus. He was in the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth. Jesus, The Word, was with God, and He was God. All things (that means everything) were made through Jesus, and without Jesus, nothing that was made was made… In other words, if Jesus hadn’t been there, nothing would have been made…
In order to understand how this is possible, we need to understand that God is three parts… He is the Father (Almighty God), the Son (Jesus, the Word of God), and the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit, Spirit of God). These three parts of God are also known as the Trinity. All three parts of the Trinity were present at the creation of the heavens and the earth…
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
~ Genesis 1:1-3 NKJV ~
In the beginning, God the Father created the heavens and the earth… and the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the deep… The God spoke… the Word (who was with God and was God) said, “Let there be light…”
There is power in the Word of God… His words have the power to create… His words give life… Since His word has the power to give life, it is vital that we obey it, otherwise, by choosing to disobey His word, we choose death. That’s why Jesus said that if we listen to His word and obey it, we will be like a wise man who builds his house on a rock, or on a firm foundation… Did you know that the Word of God also refers to Jesus as a firm foundation?
9 We work together as partners who belong to God. You are God’s field, God’s building — not ours. 10 Because of God’s special favor to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. 11 For no one can lay any other foundation than the one we already have — Jesus Christ.
~ 1 Corinthians 3:9-11 NLT ~
Do you see that the house, God’s building is you and me? Therefore, when Jesus talks about building our house on the rock (a firm foundation), the houses He is talking about are your lives and mine. Are you going to be wise and build your house (your life) on the rock (the firm foundation/Jesus Christ)? If you choose to build your life on the words of Christ, you will live eternally… you will not crumble, erode and die…
Or, are you going to be a fool and build your house (your life) on the sand (anything other than Jesus Christ)? By choosing to build your life on anything other than Christ, you choose death. By choosing to build your life on anything other than Christ, you choose to be a fool. Now before you take offense, please note that these are the words of Jesus. They are not my words… and I’ll say it again, by choosing to serve anything or anyone other than Christ, you choose to be a fool.
So, my friends, I’ll leave you with a choice and a song… Do you choose to be wise? Or do you choose to be a fool?
Cheryl A. Showers