MATTHEW 7:24-27
24“Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock. 25The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26Everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”

These words come at the end of Jesus Sermon on the Mount. Jesus was advising the crowd to heed His words so they might live like the wise man and not the foolish man.

Jesus was a carpenter (Mark 6:3). He knew the importance of a strong and sure foundation in order for a house to survive terrible storms. Jesus did not describe the house according to the paint color, the different rooms or how the kitchen will be laid out as you and I might. Rather, Jesus focuses on the foundation.

A house is not spared storms, neither are you and I spared storms in our Christian life. While faith and prayer carry us through the storms of life, our firm foundation in Jesus Christ prepares us to live through the storms and tragedies common to mankind. Our firm foundation is found in the words of Scripture, in the preaching and teaching of the church, and in the mystery of the sacraments.

The foolish man and the wise man face similar circumstances – rains, floods and winds. The difference is in the man. The wise man’s house will survive because it is built on the rock – Jesus’ words. Whereas, the foolish man’s house will fall because he has built it on sinking sand.

Every day we make choices that lead to life or death, salvation or condemnation. What about your choices. Are they built on the strong foundation of Jesus words and living out what He has taught you or are your choices built on the sinking sand of this world?

Chaplain Val
Excerpts from Sermon Writer