Anyone who has done any building at all knows a lot of work is involved. But also there is a certain satisfaction when the job is done to know that you had a hand in the building process.
In the Bible one reads of building. Noah built an ark, the people later tried to build a tower to heaven, and cities and kingdoms were built. 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 Lord used building as an illustration to show the importance of building on the right foundation. The question arises, “Are we building upon the rock” or upon the sand?
The proper foundation is a must for any building to stand. Through the ages some have tried building on the pleasures of this world. Solomon’s words tell of the worth of worldly pleasures. “And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; … 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. I am 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.” Yet in one night it was all taken from him. Surely one can learn from the lessons of the Bible.
Some build their life on money and the pursuit of money. Money of itself is not a problem but the love of money is a great problem (I Tim. 6:10). Great have been used as foundations by millions.
Sadly, 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.
All should build their lives on the solid rock – Jesus, the Christ. One’s main concern will be following God, putting him first in all considerations. 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. Jesus stated, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
Just as building a physical building takes work, so does building a life for Christ. It takes commitment to study and grow. It takes learning to put all one’s trust in God and not in self. One can know that heaven awaits all who build upon the solid foundation of Jesus.ures 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. I am reminded of the night that Belshazzar held the