Parables are stories that Jesus used to teach eternal truths. Probably the most famous parable of Jesus is the Good Samaritan. Another is the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
— Matthew 7:24–27 in The Sermon on the Mount
The implication is clear. Jesus calls us to be steadfast – immovable – unshakable. Not because of who we are, but because of who He is. When we build our life on Christ, we are building on a rock.
While we are building this house with sticks and bricks and mortar, we are building it with so much more in mind. When the foundation was being poured, it was as smooth as glass and we couldn’t bring ourselves to print anything in it. And we really appreciate the kids in the neighborhood not writing in the wet cement! But last Saturday we did the next best thing and wrote on the 2×4’s that are framing the house.
By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established. Proverbs 24:3
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Hear, O Israel: the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:5
Sovereign Lord, nothing is too hard for you. Jeremiah 32:17
It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening. You make me glad by your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the works of your hands. Psalm 92:1-6
You shall rejoice in all the good that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house.
For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? Psalm 18:31