Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Word Up Wednesdays: What Are You Building On?

"I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts then into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete." - Luke 6:47-49

Years ago, while I was in St. Louis to preach, the pastor shower me around the city. He took me to a subdivision with homes that were once beautiful and stately, an area in which upward African Americans aspired to live. But all I saw then were sunken streets, cracked sidewalks, caved in roofs and leaning houses.

This area stood as a sad reminder of its former days of glory. The pastor explained that this subdivision was built after World War 2 over a garbage dump. The developers merely packed down the garbage and poured dirt over it. As the rain, snow, freezing and thawing came year after year, the foundation shifted and eroded. So these homes built on garbage could not stand. What are we building on today?

God, you have offered us instructions for building a house that will endure. Whether we are talking about marriage and family relationships or our lives in general, You want these structures to endure. We see all around us people who have built on "garbage" and their structure have collapsed. Now instead of their visions realized, we see only sad reminders of what their lives and families used to be. God, help us to build our foundations on nothing less than the Rock, Christ Jesus. Let us hear Your words and put them into practice so that our foundations will stand secure. In Your holy name we ask, Amen.

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