~Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken 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 everyone 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 wind blew, and beat upon that house: and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
God sometimes uses simple things to speak to me. I recently read the old story of the “Three Little Pigs.” There are three pigs, three very different houses, and one wolf with an attitude. I saw different kinds of people represented in the houses. First, we look at the straw one. Not much thought went into this structure. No real labor or sacrifice was used. It was hardly a dwelling place at all. This reminded me of people who go to church only on special occasions. They may even say table grace. They own a Bible, but don’t read it. They allow worldy pleasure to rule their unstable lives. Trials and cares could easily destroy them.
Let’s take the stick house now. A little more thought went into it. The builder wanted to look diligent. There was a facade of dedication. It was sturdy in appearance only. He seemed to have a concept of what it meant to build. On the surface, things looked pretty good. This reminded me of people who go to church on a fairly regular basis, but do not take part. They know the lingo. They can quote a few scriptures. These people are usually pretty good at pointing out others faults. Are they interested in helping others? How dedicated are they when no one is looking? These are surface christians. They have no spiritual foundation to stand on. David said that he would not give the Lord what cost him nothing. We are not saved by works. Christ is the finished work of our salvation. However, if we truly love Christ, we desire to be about our Father’s business. We are aware that it is not all about us. We willingly lay down our lives to serve. We desire to do our part for the Kingdom of God.
The story ends with the first two pigs running to their brother’s house. It was a strong brick structure. He had counted the cost, and was willing to give himself to this endeavor. He had built on a firm foundation. He had not only thought of himself in his preparation. Jesus is the foundation we are to stand on. He is our peace. We are to build ourselves up as a spiritual house for his presence to dwell in. Others should be able to run to us as we point the way to him.
Image Credit © Norwegian pig Janne Karin Brodin via sxc.hu