I was a Scout as a boy and into my teen years. One day, as I was preparing to go meet with my Scout troop, my dad and I were talking. Before I left, he looked me in the eye and said, 'Jon, you're laying a good foundation.' I wasn't sure what he meant. After all, I wasn't trying to 'lay a good foundation.' I was just having fun with my friends. However, I knew there was something deep behind it. My dad's words penetrated and stayed with me. I think he was trying to tell me that everything I was doing was preparing me for the next step in life. Everything I did was forming my character (for good or for ill), building relationships (for good or for ill), and developing skills that had the potential to open doors for me if we tend to them.
I think that is what Jesus was telling us when he said, '"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.'" (Luke 6:47-48)
What foundation are you building on? Most of us are very intentional in building our careers. We earn our proper education, we work through the ranks, we meet the right people and find mentors. We read books and magazines that will further our knowledge and help us become better leaders. We invest our time, effort, and emotional energy because it matters to us. How much are you putting into building on the right foundation spiritually? Are you spending time daily with the Lord in prayer, Scripture reading, reading books and articles that will help you think through the challenges of life from a Christian perspective? Going back to the wisdom of my father, what foundation are you laying as a Christian now, so that you can be ready for the challenges of tomorrow? It takes work to be a competent employee. Likewise, it takes work to become an effective Christian guided by the Holy Spirit in all areas of our lives.
Secondly, the passage says that even those who build on the right foundation will face trials and difficulties. We are not immune to the 'flood' and 'torrent' of life just because we give our lives to the Lord. However, if we are solidly grounded in our relationship with the Lord, we will stand, we will not be wiped out. God loves us so much that he provided a way for us to return to him and be set on the solid rock of Jesus. I am thankful that I do not have to go through this world alone, that Jesus keeps me grounded, strong, and secure. When the winds start whipping around you, you can say the following pray: Thank you Lord for being my rock! You are my strength! I will not fear, and I will not be swept away. Use me in the midst of this torrent to help ground those around me. Amen.
Blessed to be a blessing,