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Building on the Rock

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock…And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand.” Matthew 7:24, 26 NRSV

MP900447716[1]Jesus made it clear that the wise man builds his house on the rock. The foolish man builds his house on sinking sand.

That’s a great principle, and an awesome truth. I can truly say that I want to be wise, and I certainly want to build my life on the rock, and avoid sinking sand at all costs.

The problem is, knowing exactly what things are solid ground and what things in life are sandy soil. The writer of Proverbs helps us with that. Proverbs 14:15-22 gives a list of contrasting characteristics that define what actions wise and foolish people do. The actions of the wise build lives on solid ground. The actions of the foolish build on sinking sand.

The wise consider their steps.

They exercise caution.

They count the cost before making decisions.

They turn away from evil.

They orient their lives around truth.

They passionately pursue God.

The foolish believe everything.

They throw caution to the wind.

They show no restraint.

They are careless.

The are quick-tempered and impulsive.

They act foolishly.

They fill their mouths with lies.

They plan evil and pursue folly. Proverbs 14:15-22 paraphrased

I want to live like a someone who is wise, as I’m sure you do. These are simple reminders of what we all need to do to continue building lives that are both rock solid and pleasing to God!

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What Do We Know?

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1Corinthians 1:18 NIV

00384891 The story of Jesus’ death and resurrection seems like foolishness to many. I imagine that if they knew of your faith in Jesus Christ, they would think you a fool. For them, the idea of a dead Jesus risen from the grave is more myth or fairy tale. It’s a nice story, and maybe there is a moral in there somewhere, but that’s about it.

From their perspective, it really doesn’t make any sense to bet your life on a dead Jew, who lived two millennia ago. Sure, he was a good man and a wise teacher. But today people are a lot wiser. We know a lot more. So what Jesus said was okay for the simple-minded people of ancient times, but not for us.

The problem with that line of thinking is it makes our thoughts, our ideas, ourMP900385346[1] personal perspectives the starting point for determining truth. Everything else is judged against what we believe. What arrogance! How could any of us even begin to pretend our ideas are the standard against which all other ideas should be measured.

Fools think they know it all. But what do they really know? That’s the issue raised in today’s thought-provoking video. The most troubling part, is that many don’t even know how wrong they are, and are missing out on the opportunity to have power of God at work in their lives!

Click here to watch the video. Then let the truth that was proven true in the resurrected Jesus be the standard around which you build your life. Trade in foolishness for faith in him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life!

The Wise & Foolish

The wise consider their steps,

Copy of j0396155they exercise caution,

they count the cost before making decisions,

they turn away from evil,

they orient their lives around truth,

they passionately pursue God.

 

The foolish believe everything they hear,

they throw caution to the wind,

MP900443147[1]they exercise no restraint,

they are careless,

they are quick-tempered and impulsive,

they act foolishly,

they fill their mouths with lies,

they plan evil and pursue folly.

 

Be smart. Do what wise people do!

Proverbs 14:15-22 adapted