Genesis 20:1-22:24 / Matthew 7:15-29 / Psalm 9:1-12 / Proverbs 2:16-22

Standout verse:

Matthew 7:24-27 – the story about the wise man who built his house on the rock and the foolish man who built his house on the sand.

The man who built his house on the rock: (I’m taking a bit of liberty here…stick with me!)

    Took lots of time, he wasn’t in a hurry.

    Hard labor – it wasn’t easy.  He carried all the rocks himself instead of hiring out the job to a contractor.

    The foundation would have been the most time consuming part.  At the end of the day,  the results didn’t look all that flashy, but they were solid, strong and lasting.

    There would have been enjoyable parts too (building the windows and doors, crafting the chimney and of course decorating!)

    He used strong, high quality materials – it cost him extra.

    He worked on his house diligently everyday

    When it was finished, the man contentedly rested knowing he had done good work.

    He kept it clean and well maintained.

    He was peaceful whenever the weather got rough because he knew that his house was strong and well built.  It could withstand the most treacherous of storms.

The man who built his house on the sand: (again, more liberties...)

    He chose the lot b/c of the view

    He had a crew of workers do the building for him

    He didn’t want to go to the expense of having a foundation laid.  Not laying a foundation was fashionable for the time – lots of people were building that way.  So much easier and cheaper that the old fashion approach.

    He built it quickly with materials he’d gotten a “deal” on

    He believed that he was in great standing and appeared wealthy because he had the money to have other people to do the work for him

    He lived a life of apparent luxury and ease.  From time to time he’d have to do a costly “quick fix” to the house when the wind would pick up a bit.  But, when the first strong storm came along, the house crashed.

Summery:  To build your life on the Truth means you’re going to have to dig deep, work hard, be patient and take the long view.  Jesus likened true discipleship to wartime (training to be a soldier), farming, marathon running, building and childlike faith and action.  Don’t be fooled into short cuts, lazy thinking or quick fixes.