Brookings Register | Life apart from Christ like a home built on sand

Nathan Law

There is an interesting verse found in the Bible at the conclusion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Jesus likened those who listen to his words to the man who built his house on the rock. Consequently, when the rains fell and the storms came, his house stood firm.  Then […]

There is an interesting verse found in the Bible at the conclusion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Jesus likened those who listen to his words to the man who built his house on the rock. Consequently, when the rains fell and the storms came, his house stood firm. 

Then in the subsequent verse, he presents the other scenario: Matthew 7:26 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. 

Sand is never meant to be built upon. It will look fine until the first assault of any kind weather-wise. Imagine what rain would do to a house sitting on sand. Verse 27 explains what the house faces: 

“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.” This describes an assault from above (rains), from the side (winds), and from below (floods). Incidentally, this is how your life is, isn’t it? Attacks come from every side; it seems.

If I may, I will use sand as an analogy. When we build on our own resources, talent, or personality, that is akin to building on the sand. A life lived apart from Christ will never fulfill the longings of your heart. 

Your life may look good, and it may appear “together,” but that is only until the storm comes, then the weakness of the foundation is revealed.

Here is an interesting fact: sand is in every foundation. You find sand in the mortar, brick, and concrete. We ought not build our whole lives on our resources (sand), but God did create you. He did give you that personality and ability. Let God blend it in with who he is, This should be our prayer: “Lord, I know my desires and abilities (sand) are unstable, but I want to add You into all I am and all I have. Blend my passions with Your passions, so that I may build my life on a solid foundation (rock).”

When there is too much sand, the concrete crumbles, but there must be some sand in there. 

Each one of us is uniquely formed and qualified by God to do his will for our life. God did not make a mistake when he made you. The mistake is on our part when we decide to go our own way. 

Our problem is that we minimize God in our daily choices and maximize self. Don’t build your house on the sand. You need a more solid foundation than you.That foundation is Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Build your house on the Rock.

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