on a Rock
whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise
man who built his house on the rock. (Matthew 7:24)
Christian life is hard work. Christianity involves systematically striving to
implement the truths of God’s Word into your life. Spiritual depth and maturity
do not come without consistent effort.
had just concluded the Sermon on the Mount, which sets forth some of the most
profound truths ever spoken. The Son of God had clearly explained the kind of
life that is pleasing to the Father. Yet Jesus knew, even as He was concluding
His sermon, that some of His listeners would leave and never apply a word they
said that a man who takes the words of God and builds them into his life is
like a wise man who builds his house on a rock. Rocks are hard to build on. It
takes great effort to attach a foundation to a rock. A house built on sand
provides instant comfort; building on a rock is laborious and tedious. Yet
building on sand leaves the builder in a vulnerable position, while the one
building on the rock is secure.
can you tell what kind of foundation a life has been built on? Watch to see
what happens when a storm comes. A life built upon the Word of God will
withstand the very storm that sweeps away the life that did not heed God’s
are no shortcuts to spiritual maturity. Maturity only comes through hard work
and obedience to what God says. The next time you hear Jesus speaking,
immediately begin to firmly build His truth into your life, so that no storm
can unsettle you.