Avoiding Sandy Shifts
“When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as the teachers of the law” (Matthew 7:28, 29).
The sermon delivered on the mountainside had ended and the audience was left with their mouths open, their minds awhirl, and their hearts aflutter. This man, this Jesus, sounded inspired and the people knew the difference between Him and all the others who claimed to speak in the name of God—not too hard since Jesus was God in the flesh!
The sermon had ended with a challenge and a warning. Jesus told the parable of the two men who had built houses; one whose foundation was laid on sand and another whose foundation was laid on the rock. When life got difficult the house built on sand collapsed while the other remained upright. Jesus summed up the parable and His teaching by warning the people listening to take heed to His words.
“But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand...” (vs. 26).
Sand is easily shifted, easily swept away. So is everything else we so often build our lives on. Jobs disappear or disappoint. So do relationships and money. Education may lead somewhere—or nowhere. Position and power are snatched away by the next man climbing the ladder to success—a ladder that ends up resting on the wrong wall.
So the Lord says to pay attention to His words, to believe them and to practice them. Only the life built on Him will not disappear or disappoint or end up leaning in the wrong wall.