A House Well Built

I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. Some time ago I was told that our thoughts are not necessarily original. If we have a wonderfully great idea it doesn’t mean that no one else has thought of it. Those who succeed are those who act while the rest of us are still just thinking about it. Gracious God, let us not be idle with the gifts you have given us. Together let us act to build on the foundation of your love for us that we may fulfill your purpose in our lives to the glory of your Name. Let us march on ’til victory is won.

Building On Love Not Logs

We never really know what we have until we’ve lost it. It’s especially true for people. That’s because sometimes we favor things or the idea of having something more than we favor what God has given us right now – that being the people we love in our lives. Of course we certainly don’t mean to do that. We simply lose focus and forget, and before we know it, it’s taken away. Some scholars have said the stone that the builders rejected (Psalm 118:22-23), referred to by Jesus did not originally apply to his messiahship. Jesus himself said; “even though you do not believe me, believe the works (John 10:38).” Yet, they couldn’t do it! The authorities were so focused on the “rightness” of the rituals, that they forgot about the righteousness of Love. Perhaps, the stone that the builders rejected was God’s Love. So we must take care that those rituals don’t become like logs in our eyes (Luke 6:39-49) that keep us from “seeing” clearly the foundation of Love, which God intended us to build upon.