“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it because it had been well built” (Luke 6:46-48)
A life lived without Jesus’ words is like a house without a foundation (Luke 6:49). Jesus’ words, which came from the Father (John 12:49), are truth (John 17:17), and truth sets men free (John 8:32).
It is one thing to say, “Lord, Lord.” It is another entirely to have every aspect of your life directed by the authoritative word of the Creator. Many claim to follow Jesus to the exclusion of all else, few actually demonstrate the fruit of such a confession (Matthew 7:15-20).
They profess with persistence that their devotion is absolute, and take umbrage at any suggestion that their loyalties are divided. Yet it is clear that they reject Jesus’ teachings and serve self rather than their Savior. Such a hollow claim is analogous to a contractor who builds a valuable house directly upon sandy soil, adamantly asserts its integrity, and then feigns surprise when the house collapses.
While Jesus refers to literal rock as a foundation, God is metaphorically declared to be our rock.
“The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation” (2 Samuel 22:47).
“Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock” (Isaiah 26:4)
God is only our rock if we build our houses on the rock.
If our individual lives (and our individual devotion to God’s word) are likened to the construction of a house what of our actual homes? What are our families built upon?
Many families are built upon activities or entertainment. But only those families which are living out God’s word are building a house upon the rock.
If parents are not daily teaching their children the words of God, they are failing their children, the church, and the world.
In what is likely an apocryphal quotation, Frederick Douglas is claimed to have said, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Regardless of its provenance, the truth of the statement is evident.
There are many “broken men” who value all the wrong things. Some spew hatred and treat their fellow man as enemy combatants, while others refuse to stand for anything. Some disappear from their children’s lives entirely, while others are only there physically. While some will break the cycle, these broken men will raise broken men.
Let us build strong children by diligently teaching the words of God to them. Talk of his love, his holiness, his power, his grace, his justice, and his faithfulness “when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deuteronomy 6:7). Don’t allow the limitations of your own foundation to hinder you in helping your children build theirs. If yours is lacking it can, and will, be strengthened along the way.
Will you build your house on the rock?