House of Faith Built on the Rock

Daily God Walk for Friday, April 30, 2010

  Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.   – Matthew 7: 24-25

 When we read the words of Jesus, at least as his teachings was recorded by New Testament writers, we begin to realize that God is more concerned about what is inside a person than he is about their outward piety. We also learn that being the person Jesus asks us to be is far beyond the ability we humans possess.

We understand turning the other cheek, but we haven’t learned to that very well. The proverbial “going the extra mile” isn’t too difficult the first time, but what about the second, or third, or tenth time? When Jesus said that our righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees he was challenging us beyond our human ability.

So then, what is the answer? Are we to just give up and say, “It’s too hard, no one can make it”? Or maybe we are just to conclude that we’re not perfect, just forgiven and everyone has to sin a little every day. How are we going to live the life he prescribed?

Jesus gave the answer to Nicodemus in John 3, “No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” The love and grace based teachings of Christ do not make sense in terms of human reasoning, yet we cannot even participate in the kingdom of God unless we embrace these teachings.

We hear the teachings of Christ, we believe them and we embrace them. We are then born into his kingdom. Now we can build the house of our life on the solid rock of truth. We can do that because he has birthed his Spirit in us and we have become a new creation from the inside out.

We can say with the songwriter Edward Mote, “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”

 Principle:  A life built on the truth of Christ will stand the storm.

 Affirmation:  On Christ the solid rock I stand.

 Prayer: Lord, help me to keep my feet firmly planted on the rock of truth which is the teachings of Christ. In Jesus name, amen.

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