Matthew recorded a lesson that Jesus taught where He talked about building. “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”(Mat 7:24-27 KJV) The teaching of Jesus was firm and grounded. It was and is solid and everlasting. The question arises, “Are we building upon the Rock” or upon the sand?
All buildings must have a solid foundation to stand. There are those who fail to see the wisdom of Jesus’ teaching. Instead of building their lives on Him they choose the pleasures of the world. Solomon wrote, “And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.” (Eccl 2:10,11 KJV) All the things of the world will one day pass away. Many who build on the pleasures of the world find their foundation too weak to stand the weight of life. Money, glory, and power all can be gone in an instant. One is reminded of the night that Belshazzar held the great party for his lords (Dan. 5). He had what most would count as the “good life”. In one night, it was all taken from him. All mankind should learn from God’s teachings.
Some try and build a life on finances. Money of itself is not a problem but the love of money is a great problem. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (I Tim. 6:10) Many have tried building their lives on money and used it as their foundation, only to see it crumble. Some work so hard at amassing their riches they simply forget about God. They need to heed the words of Jesus, and he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. (Luke 12:15) The gathering up of riches should not be a person’s main concern in life.
Wisemen build their lives on the solid Rock—Jesus the Christ. Man’s main concerns should be with following God, putting Him first in all that is done in life. A far better place than this world exists and awaits those who will trust in God and obey Him.
God desires all men to be saved (I Tim. 2:4) and has provided the way for man to come to Him. One must trust in God’s word that if they obey the gospel, He will forgive their sins (Acts 2:38). Then one must begin living the Christian life.
When one is building on Christ they can face the trials of this life, and know that heaven will be their home for eternity.