Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood came, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.

Luke 6: 47, 48

 

In the construction business it is highly desirable to start a building by setting a well-designed and solidly built foundation for it. It is much harder to come back later and correct any design errors or construction flaws. Repairing the damage that is done over time when a building settles or sags onto a failing foundation is even more challenging. In addition, as Jesus mentions, a building that is established on poor footing is likely to suffer catastrophic failure when the forces of nature come against it. Of course, Jesus was not teaching a class in civil or structural engineering or in the building trades.

 

Jesus was talking about the vital tradecraft of living in this world. He was stating a truth that eludes most of us to some degree, that is grasped by some over time and often after there is already structural damage, and that some never engage with. Christ is saying that there is only one way to construct a life so that it can hold up when the weather of life turns nasty and violent. This frail structure that is my body with its mind, heart, and soul will be battered about by various forces in the journey of my days, and the only way that I will end all of them with some of the structure still upright is to seek out that solid, weather proof rock that is Christ.

 

Like in the construction of a building, it is far better to start out with the foundation set upon the truth of God’s Word as it is made real and living by the Holy Spirit. Yet, unlike structures, it is never too late to establish that connection with the deep rock of faith. Regardless of what damage has been done by rain, wind, and neglect, Christ can shore up the fractured timbers of the heart and straighten the warped beams of the mind. His word of truth brings new life to our weathered and torn lives, and He establishes Himself within us so that we can stand up to what is to come. So, today is the day to dig down into the rock of life that is Christ and that is set in His Word and to live out its revelation of life as a follower of the Lord.