Many of us grew up singing the song about the wise man who built his’ house on the rock and when the rain came tumbling down, the house on the rock stood firm.
In youth group last week, we talked about foundations and what we are building our lives on top of. If you are unfamiliar with the song or the story in the Bible, here is the passage in Luke 6:46-49:
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
We talked about the importance of building foundations and what that does to the structure of our lives. Often, we can associate our foundation with what we hold our identity to. For some, our identity can be found in our work, sports, grades, our relationships, and in the things we love to do.
What does our life look like once those things we identify our lives with are taken away? Do we return to God in a state of desperation begging for Him to rescue us because we have put so much identity into something that can cease? What would our lives look like if we built our foundation in Christ? How would our job, school, and relationships look like if Christ was the foundation of our lives?
Notice in Luke 6, it says WHEN the flood came. It doesn’t say if or should a flood occur, but rather when. Floods and storms are unpredictable. They can happen at any time, and when they happen, what will your life be founded on? Will you lose your identity after you lose your job, break a leg playing sports, or a relationship comes to an end?
“There is only one secure foundation: a genuine, deep relationship with Jesus Christ, which will carry you through any and all turmoil. No matter what storms are raging all around, you’ll stand firm if you stand on His love.” – Charles Stanley