“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? 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 arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:46-49
Boy, can I shout guilty as charged to today’s verses. How often have I done just the opposite of what Jesus would want me to do while at the same time proclaiming Him Lord. We all fall down from time to time letting our desires get the better of us but I think today Jesus is specifically talking to those who proclaim the name Jesus while all the time worshiping someone of thing that is totally not Jesus.
These people who proclaim Jesus while ignoring who He really is or the Gospel He preached have figuratively built their religious house on a bed of sand rather than the rock that is Jesus. The want Jesus’ identity but not the things that go with identifying with Jesus. Sometimes they make Jesus an angel other times they make Jesus a second god then other times they want Jesus to be an idea rather than a real person. All these variations on Jesus are just building houses on sand.
But a real follower of Jesus has a house built on a solid foundation, the Rock of Jesus. Building your life on Jesus’ rock means you can weather the storms that life throws at you. Even when the ground shakes you find yourself on the solid ground of Christ. Nothing in this world or the next can harm you.
Living near the coastal area of Texas I can readily see how storms can affect the houses built along the coast. Hurricanes wash away the sand and suddenly a house topples into the Gulf. But as you get further from the coast the homes have a firm foundation and while the winds blow and the waters rise the house still stands.
Have a blessed day,