What Are You Building Your Life Upon?
We are all busy building our lives, but what are we building our lives upon? A building is only as good as the foundation it’s built upon. Jesus said it this way:
"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who builds his house upon the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. " (Matt 8:24-27).
Jesus tells the story of two men who are busy building their lives. The first man builds his life on the words of Jesus, while the second man does not. He hears the words of Jesus, but for one reason or another, he decides to build his life on something else. We all have that same choice. Most of us have heard the words of Jesus, but are we building our lives upon them?
We build our lives on what we believe to be true. In John 17:17, Jesus said, “Thy word is truth,” and that should settle it for us. In Psalm 138:2, God says that He has exalted his name and his word above all things. And yet, at times, we can elevate ourselves to the position of the final arbiter of truth where we sit in judgment over his word. We decide which parts of the Bible are suitable for us to believe based on our own system of morality. We cave in to the pressures of this world or even our own desires and start to call what is good evil and what is evil good. Or we flat out refuse to believe what God says because we would like to believe something else. Who do we think we are? This is where we fall. Satan hasn’t changed his game plan. The serpent is still whispering, “Did God really say?” Because he knows that if we build our lives on anything other than the word of God, our fall is imminent.
In Jesus’ story, the foolish man built his house upon the sand. Sand shifts. It isn’t stable. And it’s the perfect picture of the shifting beliefs of the world that is opposed to God. The world’s system of morality shifts like the sand and the “facts” of the scientific community are also constantly changing with new developments and findings. But the word of God never changes. Psalm 119:89 says, “Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.” And Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Lk 21:33). So what are you building your life on?
Life is difficult and storms will come, but Jesus promised that the person who builds his life on his words will stand to the end. However, he also promised that if you are building your life on anything else, you will fall and your fall will be great. The storms of life will test and prove our faith, but at the end of the day, if we are honest, we have nowhere else to go. Can this world save us? Can science save us? Can education save us? Can the government save us? How about moral reform? No, only Jesus can save us. Only he has the words of eternal life.
Jesus words can be difficult because they confront us in our unbelief and sin, and they show us our need for a Savior - our need for Jesus. But this is all the more reason to cling to them as our very life. One day the disciples heard some very difficult words from Jesus. And they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” And many who heard those words turned their backs on Jesus and followed him no longer. Then he turned to his disciples and said, “Do you want to go away as well?” Peter’s response was priceless. “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (Jn 6:60-69). That should be our response too.
May we all build our lives upon the truth of Jesus’ words - the foundation that will secure us to the end.
Stay Tuned. More on this series coming each Friday!
Blog Post 2 - What Kind of Life are You Building?
Blog Post 3 - How to Build a Life upon God’s Word