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The Foolish & the Wise (Matthew 7:24-29)

Living in Pinellas County Florida we are all too familiar with the problems of building your house on the sand.  A great many of our homes have cracks in the exterior walls in several places. It just goes with the territory. We are all encouraged to buy sinkhole insurance here, should we wake up one morning and find half our house has been swallowed up by the earth. I was reading just the other day about a multi-story apartment building that toppled right over like a huge domino. Why? Because it was built too close to river banks which gave way during a rain storm.

As foolish as it would seem to build a house on the sand or without a sure foundation, it is just as foolish to ignore the instructions of our Creator and build our lives, yea, our eternity upon the false teachings and philosophies of ignorant man.

This is the point of Christ to His disciples and others as He concluded the Sermon of the Mount in Matthew 7. The religious leaders of Jesus day were teaching the Jews by word and example that acceptance and reward from God could be earned by good works and religious rites. They thought they were good enough in themselves to merit God’s favor. They were wrong!! They were building their eternal hopes on the shifting sands of man’s insufficient righteousness (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10) and good works, which in the end would fail them utterly and bring their life to a disastrous end.

Instead Jesus exhorted them to build their spiritual homes (lives and eternal hopes) upon a rock foundation which can never be shaken but will remain secure despite the weaknesses of men and the uncertainties of life. This foundation is found in the person, works and words of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God: the creator and sustainer of all and the Savior of all who come to Him by faith (John 3:16-18; Romans 10:9-13; Matthew 16:16-18; I Corinthians 3:11).

Jesus Christ came into this world to save us from our wayward selves and secure the eternal pleasures of heaven in our behalf. Jesus, who is ever faithful and true, left behind the pleasures of heaven to descend into a world of sin not only to demonstrate the holiness of God in resisting temptation, but to die and suffer as a sinner in our place (Isaiah 53:4-6; I Peter 3:18; II Corinthians 5:21).

If you will receive by faith the offer of eternal life and salvation from sin which He purchased by His death on Calvary, you will not only be forgiven forever but will by the gift of His grace secure a home in heaven which will not be taken away (Ephesians 2:8,9; John 10:27-29; I Peter 1:3-5). You will begin to build your house upon a new and lasting foundation which will forever endure and never fail. You will indeed be called by God a wise person but even more amazingly, a child God (John 1:12; I John 3:1,2).