The Rock or the Sand?

The Rock or the Sand? That is the question.

Take a minute and read the lyrics from this children’s song.

The wise man built his house upon the rock and the rains came tumbling down. The rains came down and the floods came up and the house on the ROCK stood FIRM!  The foolish man built his house upon the sand and the rains came tumbling down. The rains came down and the floods came up and the house on the SAND went SPLAT!

I’m sure that we have all heard or sang that song as kids in our lifetimes. But have we actually thought about the meaning behind it and realized its great significance?

In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus compares a life of obeying Him or rejecting Him to a man who builds his house upon a rock and a man who builds his house upon the sand.

Matthew 7:24-25 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.”  I love that Jesus uses stories and metaphors to explain to us how we should live our lives. The wise man in this story has built a house on a solid rock or a firm foundation. Most houses that are built today have basements made of cement that is the basis of the home. Jesus should be the basis of our lives! He has laid the groundwork for us by his teachings and by others he has used to teach us.

  • 1 Corinthians 3:11, “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have – Jesus Christ.” If a building does not have a solid foundation, it will not last. If our lives do not have a solid foundation in Jesus Christ, we will perish.  The Life Application Study Bible says, “to build on solid rock means to be a hearing, responding disciple, not a phony superficial one.” Obedience, persistance in the Word, constant prayer, and worshiping our Lord are the ways that we can build our strong foundation with Christ.
  • Psalm 127:1, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” We must let the Lord build our “spiritual houses.” If we build our cities, families, relationships, and friendships without God, we have nothing. It will crumble into pieces. God has to be the center, the core, the crux of all these things for them to survive. We will never have that spiritual bond with God if we are not built upon Him.

Matthew 7:26-27, “But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and the floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” Wow. Look what happens to the man who builds his house on the sand. His foundation is not strong and when the first storm hits, his house lays on the ground in a rubble. This is what our lives would be like without Jesus. We put our hope in earthly things such as wealth, popularity, fame, etc. and when the first life storm comes we are crumbled into the sand. We like the idea of the “beach scenery.” We want the easy life and we don’t want to have to work too hard for things. Jesus doesn’t call us to be lazy. He calls us to work for his Kingdom and the first thing for us to do is make him the center of our lives. 

So you must answer the question. Will you be the wise man or the foolish man? Will your house be built upon the rock or the sand?

“On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.” Build your life on the Christ the Solid Rock, the Firm Foundation.

Prayers & Blessings,

Lindsay

Running the Christian Race

I wrote this back in October after I went for a run. God gave me some amazing thoughts to ponder upon. I would like to share them with you and I hope you are blessed by them.

The Christian life is like running. You start to run and you feel pretty good for the first mile or so. Then after awhile the pain sets in. You have shin splints, stitches in your side, your breathing is irregular. The next few miles seem like forever. You come to the bottom of a hill. The top seems miles away, but you have to run it to get to the top. The pain is excruciating and you want to quit. But before you give up, you see the top and the hill levels off.

In the Christian life, we start out feeling amazing. Christ has just entered our lives and we have a fire in us that we think is unquenchable. But then the pain sets in. The real world starts attacking our lives. The devil makes us think things that aren’t true. He will start to play with our self-esteem. He will tell us that we are not good enough, not smart enough, and that we are not worthy of God’s love. We might deal with sickness, family problems, financial problems, etc. Everything seems out of sorts. So now we are in a valley. The top of the hill is miles away. Our problems of the world keep making the distance longer and harder. But Jesus promises us this in John 16:33 – “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

But just when you are about to give up, you look up to see the Father. He is waiting at the top of the mountain with his arms open wide.

So run. Run your hardest. Do not give up. For Jesus awaits you in heaven. Phillipians 3:14 – “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Prayers & Blessings,

Lindsay

Ultimate Rest

Rest – my definition of rest is to relax and unwind both physically and mentally from the craziness and the busyness of the day. But who actually has time to rest with all of the things that we have scheduled ourselves to do? We live in a demanding world of deadlines, to taking care of our families, to being here and there that we have no time to actually rest. Although physical rest is very important for our bodies, it is also important that we find spiritual rest for our souls.

Take a moment and read Hebrews 4:1-11

There 3 types of “rest” in these verses.

  • A Past Rest (Canaan)
  • A Present Rest (Jesus)
  • A Future Rest (Heaven)

1. A Past Rest – Canaan 

Hebrews 4:6, “So God’s rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this good news failed to enter because they disobeyed God.”

Moses led the people out of their bondage in Egypt to take them to the land of Canaan, their ultimate resting place. This was supposed to be the land flowing with “milk and honey.” But the Israelites did not trust God and disobeyed him. This caused them to wander in the wilderness for 40 years and they could never enter their “promised land” because of this disobedience.

Psalm 95:11, “In my anger I took an oath, They will never enter my place of rest.”

The Life Application Study Bible says “For the Israelites of Moses’ time, this rest was the earthly rest to be found in the Promised Land.” Canaan is the physical representation of the spiritual rest that was and is to come; the ultimate rest that God gives us today.

2. A Present Rest – Jesus 

Hebrews 4:7, “So God set another time for entering his rest, and that time is today.”

Wiersbe paints an image in our minds of the past/physical rest with the present/spiritual rest; “The Canaan rest for Israel is a picture of the spiritual rest we find in Christ when we surrender to Him.”

God has given us the opportunity today to have that rest in Jesus Christ. He gave us rest when he died for our sins.  All we have to do is lay aside our worries, our fears, our pride, and leave them at the Cross. We must obey his word, follow his teachings, and give our all to his cause. We cannot have rest, until we rest in Him and we must do this daily. Do not wait to enjoy God’s peace because tomorrow might be too late.

3. A Future Rest – Heaven 

Hebrews 4:9, “So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God.”

The Ultimate Rest:  Heaven. “God rested when He finished the work of Creation. God’s Son rested when He completed the work of the new creation. We may enter into His rest by trusting His Word and obeying His will. We can do this as we listen to His Word, understand it, trust it, and obey it. Only in this way can we claim our inheritance in Christ.” (Wiersbe)

There is a final rest waiting for us when we have the completed this earthly race. Phillipians 3:14 says, “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus is calling us.” Keep on pressing, keep on pushing, keep on pursuing our heavenly rest.

Revelation 14:13, “Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them!” To have faith, we must bear the fruit of Godliness. One day we will rest from all of our hard work here on this earth and our reward is Heaven.

Genesis 2:2 says that God rested on the 7th day to indicate the completion of His perfect Creation. One day God is going to come back for His creation and fully renew and restore it. He will take those who are obedient and watchful to their home in the sky. We will finally experience perfect, peaceful rest.

  • The Biblical past examples of rest and our daily rest with the Lord do not lead us to death but they lead us to an eternal and ultimate rest with our Savior in our heavenly home. Press, push, & pursue!

Prayers & blessings,

Lindsay