The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders
“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.”
This is a parable Jesus told to help us understand how He wants us to live. Jesus uses the metaphor of houses for our lives. Those who follow Jesus’ teaching are like a wise man who built a house on a rock. Those who ignore Him are like a foolish man who built a house on sand. We have to choose what kind of foundation we will use – the shifting sands or the solid rock. One foundation will survive the violent storm, while the other will crash. The same is true when we face the storms of life. The storms in our lives could be a false accusation, bereavement, ill-health, loss of friends. He is also emphasising the need to put His teachings into practice. The proper foundation for a life is Jesus’ words, but we cannot just hear them, we need to apply and do them too.
Prayer: Lord, help us to do more than hear your Word. Help us to act on it. Amen.
Action: We have to practice what we read about in the Bible. We cannot train to run a race by reading a manual we have to actually run. Practice improves our ability to live out our lives in the way God wants – because we have a solid foundation.
This Thought was written by Anne Macintosh