But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great. (Luke 6:46-49)
Life On The Rock
The teaching of Jesus has a simple side to it. His disciples admitted from time to time there were some things hard to grasp but more often than not it was crystal clear the meaning of the Lord’s message. He was trying to draw the hearts of the people of God back to the Father. Ritualistic religion had become the norm and the Jewish people had forgotten the roots of true worship. The teaching of Jesus was radical to their way of thinking and powerful to point of their astonishment. He spoke plainly. He was not concerned about whether it offended the Jewish leaders of the day. The work His Father had sent Him to do was the one way, the one truth and the one life. It is important we view His teaching in this manner.
Many desired to call Him their lord but did not want to do what He said. This was contradictory to His message. God has always required men to be obedient to Him. From the Garden of Eden, submission was paramount to happiness and only when man decided to disobey God did sin enter in. Jesus challenges the people to remember that if they want to follow the King they have to give full submission to His will alone. Following Christ is not a democracy – it is a monarchy. There is one king and that king is Jesus Christ who is King of all Kings and Lord of all Lords. Calling Him lord necessitates submitting to His total will.
Jesus explains the reason for submission to His Kingship. Satan is the enemy of God and the deceiver of God’s people. He is powerful, cunning, and crafty and doing everything he can to destroy men. His tactics are as violent as a storm against a building. Using a familiar picture the Lord explains the assault of the devil like a giant storm blasting against a house. A flood will destroy anything in its path. An uncontrolled river barreling down a valley will remove anything not secured. The effects of evil will come against man and without the proper foundation, there is no hope. Life is like a house: it will have either a sure foundation or little footing to withstand the pressures of Satan’s assault. When we secure our lives on the teaching of Jesus Christ, nothing will sweep us away. Unfounded lives will be destroyed easily by Satan. How great that fall will be.
Jesus does not promise a life without challenges. There will always be pain and sorrow because life this side of eternity is filled with the storms that seek to destroy us. Hearing the word of God and doing the word of God will build a solid foundation of faith in our life so that when the difficult times come we will be able to withstand whatever Satan throws against us. It requires hearing but it especially requires doing the will of the Father. Our roots of faith must remain deep within the word of God. Faithful children of God will know how to face the storms of doubt, fear and troubles. The more we spend time with God the deeper our foundation. Life on the rock will be a life of joy and happiness because of our eternal security in the love of God. My hope is built on nothing less.
Speed-reading may be a good thing but it was never meant for the Bible. It takes calm, thoughtful, prayerful meditation on the Word to extract its deepest nourishment. (Vance Havner; 1901-1986)