What did Jesus mean when He said 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock (Matthew Ch 7)? This was the closing of the teaching that He began in Matthew Ch 5.
What is the solid foundation that keeps the house (man) from falling? Is it a big bank account, or 401k? Is it family? Is it spending every spare minute at the church? What is it? I believe that the Bible answers itself, and that the Holy Spirit leads us in understanding. I am going to present a quick summary of these 3 chapters of teaching by Jesus in short statements. (These are not direct quotes from scripture, I am summarizing in my own words)
You are blessed if you are humble, if you hunger and thirst for righteousness, if you are merciful and pure in heart, and if you are a peacemaker. You are blessed if people insult, and lie about you. Be blessed. You are the light of the world if you let these things shine before men.
Don’t be angry with your brother, and make friends with your opponent. Don’t operate in sin. Go the extra mile. Love your enemy.
Give to the poor, and fast without making it a spectacle. Spend time alone with God in prayer. Be forgiving.
Treasure in heaven is better than treasure on earth. Your heart is attracted to treasure, so be careful how you define it. You can not serve God and money.
Don’t worry about life, have faith that father God has you covered. Seek first His kingdom, and He will take care of the rest.
Don’t judge people. I would say discern and make decisions; however, Jesus clearly says not to judge.
Keep asking, seeking, and knocking. Consistently and continuously.
Treat people like you want to be treated.
Be an outlier in the world. Don’t follow the crowds through the wide gate. The narrow way leads to life.
Learn to recognize good fruit. Just because it looks good does not mean that it is good. There are ravenous wolves in sheep clothing. Just because they look the part does not always mean they are walking in the kingdom.
Then we come back to the hinge statement. Therefore.
Therefore, everyone who hears these things and does them is like a house built on the rock, the solid foundation. If you hear these things, and do these things you will not fall. Even when the storms come.
What does this mean for our lives? I will say this, storms of all types without question will come. Failures, enemies, lies, insults, relational struggles, the allure of money, pride, ego, relational struggles, wolves that look like sheep, and so on. However, the storms will not cause you to fall if you have heard the words of Jesus and put them into practice.
Build yourself wisely.
God is for you, and I am for you!