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 that is eroding. It’s only 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 home, purchase the $4 million lot next to them, and pay an estimated $1 million to have professionals slowly move their home 275 feet away from the cliff .
Even with all of our modern construction and engineering advancements, people continue to have foundation problems. It seems this family should have taken the construction advice Jesus uttered years ago. He said:
“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?