Posted by: missionventureministries | December 29, 2016

THE WISE AND THE FOOLISH BUILDER – Matthew 7:24-27

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During His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told a story about two men; one who built his house upon a rock and another who built his house upon sand. The house built upon a rock weathered the storm, and the builder is called wise; but the house built on the sand collapsed during the storm, and the builder is called foolish. 

The meaning of this parable is quite obvious; a proper foundation is necessary. With a literal house, it is unwise to build on sand, because the foundation will be unsteady and the house will eventually suffer great damage. Building this kind of house is a waste of time and resources because it will eventually collapse. In contrast, it is wise to build one’s house on a sure foundation, because anchoring it to bedrock makes a house withstand the test of the storm. 

Both builders experienced the same storm and the same flood, very likely these houses were built within sight of each other. Possibly the man who built on the sand ridiculed the man who planned, invested in the extra hard work, expense and time that the solid foundation required.   

The foolish man lost his finances, respect and house. Pride and rebellion come with an awful price tag. The foolish man failed to plan for himself and his family; therefore he suffered great loss. It could have been different if he had humbly sought and obeyed God’s council and guidance. 

The builder who built on sand failed to plan for the storm and flood; therefore he planned to fail – because whoever does not plan according to the word of God ends up failing. Refusing to worship God in Spirit and in truth and life becomes a waste and a failure; it is insanity to worship any god but the Living, Creator God.  

As we see in this parable, building a house is simply an analogy for building a life. The point is this: You are building your life, and the foundation you choose is the most important feature of it. In the verses that follow, Jesus provides two options for building it. 

Jesus begins by stating that you must “hear” His words, but He doesn’t stop there. He goes on to say that you must act upon His words. If you are going to build on a solid foundation you must do what Jesus teaches you in His Word. The proper foundation for life is Jesus’ words, and you should not just hear them, but truly listen to them and then put them into action. James writes: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22) 

But if we only hear the wonderful words of Jesus and yet still go our own way and don’t do what He says, then we are like a foolish person, who builds his house on the sand. Just think about that, who would want to build a house on sand?  

Perhaps the foolish man thought he was safe? His house was standing in the beginning and everything was going just fine. But when the floods came he had no hope, his house collapsed and great was the fall of it. 

What about our lives? When Satan brings temptations and trials to us it may feel like we are being overcome by a flood! As Isaiah 59:19 states: “… When the enemy comes in like a flood…”  

So when the flood of temptation or trial comes, do you fall like that foolish man who built his house on the sand? Or do you want to be like the wise man that obeyed and listen to what Jesus had to say. “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1Corinthians 3:11) 

The wise builder says: “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalms 18:2)   

Jesus is our Rock! He is the firm foundation that we can build our lives upon. And if we obey Jesus, and follow what He teaches us, we have the assurance that no matter what flood beats upon us, no matter how fierce the storms of life may get He will never leave us nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5; Deuteronomy 31:8) 

God wants us to build securely upon the eternal Rock, the word of God. If you have been only a hearer please put this important lesson of Christ into practice. He who is a hearer and not a doer of the word, Christ compares to the man who built his house upon the sand. It needs only the storm of temptation to break upon such life, and the foundation they supposed was so secure is destroyed. How great is the loss of this soul. They could have had eternal life with God, had they only heeded to His word and built upon the firm foundation which is Jesus Christ.  

Unfortunately, very few people build on the foundation of Christ’s words. But if you do construct your life according to Christ’s building codes you will not be disappointed.

Both the wise and foolish hear Jesus’ words. But putting them into practice, like the one who builds a house on a solid foundation, is the only way to demonstrate a secure relationship with Jesus. 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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