Good morning:

It’s one of Jesus’ most familiar parables. Two men each built a house. One built his home on a foundation of rock, while the other constructed his on sand. The two houses didn’t appear that different, that is, until the wind, rain, and floods came. The house built on rock withstood them all, while the house on sand soon “fell with a great crash” (Matt. 7:27).

Jesus says, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.”

The question is, how are we building? Each day we are busy constructing the house of our lives. We frame it up with the 2x4s of earning a living and caring for family. We add the windows and trim of possessions, activities, and the enjoyment of all the other blessings God grants. But none of those things will last. They can’t provide a foundation on which to build a solid confidence for the present and a sure hope for the future.

Before today’s construction work begins, look where you are building. Are you focusing on the unstable sand of temporary things, such as wealth, possessions, and what others think? Instead, Jesus says, “Seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt. 6:33).

Build on the rock of Christ who took our guilt upon Himself and gave us His righteousness. Go to the Word often to make sure you haven’t shifted from the foundation. A life built on Christ will withstand any storm, even death, and come through intact. Happy building!

In Christ,

Services tomorrow are at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated. Sunday school begins at 9:15 a.m. and adult Bible class at 9:30 a.m.

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