In 2004, a couple built an incredible mansion. It’s an 8,300-square-foot home with seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a massive basement, a bowling ally, a guesthouse, a huge garage, and much more. It even sits near a bluff and provides a beautiful ocean view. The problem is, this house was built on a very sandy cliff which is eroding away. It’s just a matter of time before this mansion slides off the cliff and into the ocean. To fix the problem, they had to take their $7.6 million dollar home, purchase the $4 million dollar lot next to them, and pay an estimated $1 million to have professionals slowly move their home 275 feet away from the cliff (Yahoo).
Even with all of the modern knowledge, experience, and technology in construction and engineering, it seems people are still ignoring the age-old advice about building on solid foundations. Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus uttered these well-known words:
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall” (Matthew 7:24-27).
While Jesus was discussing the importance of a good physical foundation, the main point was about having a solid spiritual foundation. People place their hopes and dreams on different sandy foundations like money, power, and self. The only truly solid foundation is on Jesus Christ and through obedience to His words (1 Corinthians 3:11; Matthew 7:24-25).
Now is the time to check for foundation problems. Are our spiritual houses built on the Rock, Jesus Christ, or will it soon slide off the sandy cliff?