“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”
A few years ago I turned the TV on one morning to see the image of a large home being swept away by flood waters. The devastation was difficult to watch as the power of the river overwhelmed the foundations of that house. To such an event the Lord Jesus compares a life built on a shaky spiritual foundation. Consider what the apostle tells the Corinthians:
"According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ."
In this passage Paul also speaks to the issue of foundation. When we follow Christ and his teachings we lay spiritual bricks on a firm foundation. But when we build our lives on the teachings and philosophies of men we have no assurance of everlasting life. Christ is an eternal foundation and when we build on Him we are able to withstand the torrents of death.
Teach me Lord to build on the foundation that is Christ.