“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” - NIV
How many times have we heard this passage? Yes, yes, some people build beautiful mansions with their lives, while others, build shacks. This is such a universal gospel verse that I tend to pass right over it when I am reading. But, when I really think about what this means in terms of the Christian’s lifestyle, I can’t help but notice the inherent significance.
Spiritually speaking, there are both mansions and shacks all over the place! Some people are in church every Sunday volunteering their time and tithing their earnings. These people are mansion owners. Then, there are the others who only show up on Christmas Eve and spend their earnings on the next big thing. Rightly so, these are those who dwell in shacks. But are these assumptions even what matters?
The ironic part of this passage is that Jesus, not once, pays any attention to the quality of the house. He doesn’t care if every step was taken to put each board in its proper place. He doesn’t care if, from afar, this house outshines all the rest in its path. No, Jesus only cares about one thing: the Foundation.
There are all types of houses in this world. Big and small, beautiful and plain, elaborate and simple, lavish and humble. Regardless of the style of home, the crucial question is the foundation underneath it.
What is the foundation of our home? Are Jesus’ words the base of our work? Our attitude? Our relationships? If not, we build our house on wobbly ground at best.