THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A construction superintendent had been working in that capacity for over 30 years and was retiring.
He had a tremendous reputation for building fine houses, and was asked by his boss to build one more house in a rural area just outside the town in which he lived.
Since he was paid on commission, and needed a little extra for retirement, he decided to do something he had never done.
He "skimped" on the materials.
When completed the house was majestic on the outside, but he knew it was substandard.
Then he reported the completion to his boss, and collected his final paycheck.
Just before he left, the boss said, "Here are the keys to that house, it's YOURS!"
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
There are three major things to consider when building a house:
Materials, Workmanship, and Foundation.
Though the materials are excellent, if built shoddily or on a bad foundation, the house won't stand.
Though the workmanship be excellent, if built with inferior materials or on a bad foundation, the house won't stand.
Though materials and workmanship be excellent, if built upon a poor foundation, the house won't stand.
Matthew 7:24-27 (quoted above) comes at the end of "The Sermon On The Mount."
It is our Lord's formula for building our SPIRITUAL house.
The materials used are to be His "Word."
The workmanship is prayerful obedience.
The foundation is our relationship with Christ.
Too often, Christians choose inferior materials with which to build their spiritual house.
Some will accept what the preacher preaches, what the teacher teaches, or what Mom and Dad said.
But our direction from Christ is to diligently search out God's Word for the principles and truths, using them as materials.
In building for eternity, we must choose our materials carefully.
God's Word contains the principles and truths we need.
How many of us can truthfully say that our workmanship is always good?
We must admit sometimes we are inattentive, lax and apathetical in our labor for Christ.
We must work the materials into our lives wisely.
Let us cast out selfishness and hypocrisy, giving attentiveness to humility, meekness and righteousness.
And how many of us can truthfully say that we always build upon Christ as the foundation?
Do we not substitute our own personal wants and desires at times?
Our decisions should be based upon what Christ wants with our lives.
His direction is always found in searching His Word and through prayerful obedience.
How are you building your SPIRITUAL house?