Let me just start by saying, I love to talk about happy scriptures, but Jesus said some hard things and some strong things, and to skip them because they are uncomfortable or because they don’t fit our picture of an always smiling Jesus, would be a huge mistake.
That said – here we go:
Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock.
And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not act upon them, will be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and it fell, and great was its fall. ~ Matthew 7:24-27
We have seen that building your house is acting on what Jesus said. This is again borne out by the Great Commission:
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. ~ Matthew 28:19-20
But today I want to focus on the Storms.
All my life, I have heard that these storms are the trials we walk through in life, and that a life based on Christ and His words would serve me well in the storms of life, the hard times we go through.
That is a great comfort, and very true, but I don't think it is what Jesus was getting at in this parable, or at least it’s not all of it.
[So you are probably saying to yourself at this point – just say it Ben – get to the point!]
Let’s take a second to notice the context of the parable. Jesus is talking about the day you face Him, and many will come expecting to get heaven’s ‘all access pass’ and find they are holding a counterfeit ticket. [Tweet This] This is the day Paul talks about when he says:
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Therefore knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:10-11
Here is another description Paul makes of that day:
For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire. ~ 1 Corinthians 3:11-15
This is the storm Jesus is talking about. The day our works are tested. Paul uses a picture of testing by fire, Jesus uses waves on the shoreline – each parable using the most powerful and destructive forces we can understand.
You can be ready to stand before this onslaught of the Judgment of God, but there is only one way.
Give your life to Jesus, and live for Him.
Jesus is not an add-on to your busy life. He demands to be the center – the hub.
Sounds harsh? Not really since the wheel of your life was created to have this hub. It's a perfect fit, and with Jesus at the center – life just works! Picture a spoked bicycle wheel with a square hub. Life would be an uncomfortable ride – but hey – at least you get your own way right? This is a huge mistake.
You are not designed to be the center of your own universe.
See you tomorrow.