Advent Day 5: Built on the Rock

Advent Day 5 Reading: Matthew 7:21, 24-27

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

When building a house there is a reason great time and attention is taken to both plan and build a strong foundation.  The foundation of most homes is built with cement bricks or some type of substance that can withstand great pressure. The reason for this is to give the soon-to- be built structure a firm foundation of strength and stability to aid it in withstanding various the various strains and stresses that will arise.

I’d like to share a children’s fable with you that I think does such a great job depicting this  principle. Most of you will probably recall hearing this story sometime during your childhood. It’s called, The 3 Little Pigs:

          Once upon a time there were three little pigs and the time came for them to leave home and seek their fortunes. Before they left, their mother told them ” Whatever you do , do it the best that you can because that’s the way to get along in the world.

         The first little pig built his house out of straw because it was the easiest thing to do. The second little pig built his house out of sticks. This was a little bit stronger than a straw house. The third little pig built his house out of bricks.

         One night the big bad wolf, who dearly loved to eat fat little piggies, came along and saw the first little pig in his house of straw. He said “Let me in, Let me in, little pig or I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in!” “Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin”, said the little pig. But of course the wolf did blow the house in and ate the first little pig.

              The wolf then came to the house of sticks. Let me in ,Let me in little pig or I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in” “Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin”, said the little pig. But the wolf blew that house in too, and ate the second little pig.

             The wolf then came to the house of bricks. ” Let me in , let me in” cried the wolf “Or I’ll huff and I’ll puff till I blow your house in” “Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin” said the pigs. Well, the wolf huffed and puffed but he could not blow down that brick house. But the wolf was a sly old wolf and he climbed up on the roof to look for a way into the brick house. The little pig saw the wolf climb up on the roof and lit a roaring fire in the fireplace and placed on it a large kettle of water. When the wolf finally found the hole in the chimney he crawled down and KERSPLASH right into that kettle of water and that was the end of his troubles with the big bad wolf.          

-Transcribed from a promotional audiotape that was distributed by Burger King

I think that the moral of this story sums up quite well the message Jesus was conveying in today’s reading.  When we take the time to build the foundation of the house of our spiritual lives on Him and His Word of Truth, as well as put these biblical principles into practice; when those travailing winds of circumstances arise, or the big bad wolf comes into our lives to rob, steal or bring destruction- we will not fall, but we will stand. We will stand because the foundation of our thoughts our rooted on the Rock of Christ, and our spiritual lives are strongly supported through putting these truths into practice.

Although the winds and rain and storms of life may come, or the devil creates some sort of havoc and damage, those threats will be minimized as we bring our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. The bricks of  those foundational truths will become mortared together as we put those principles into practice, thus creating lasting stability to help us remain standing.  This will create resistance to thwart the devil’s ploys, and in time He will flee. Add this to the help of Christ’s grace, power, and abiding presence in our lives and we have a winning combination to any onslaught.

Taking the time to build a stong foundation is always the first step. Reading His Word daily, while adding precept upon precept, create bricks of Truth for the building material.  Won’t you choose with me to make it a priority? As you become familiar with His Word by hiding and memorizing it in your heart, the next step to consistently put it into practice. Stability, longevity, victory and freedom will be the revenue, and when that big, bad wolf comes to try and blow your house downyou will stand!

-The Quilted Poetess

 

 

 

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