”Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not act upon them, will be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and it fell, and great was its fall." Matthew 7:24-27 (NASB)
In my garage stands an impressive 2-3 foot structure made of four boxes, a book, a pair of BBQ gloves, and 2 hats complete with a plastic cleaning tool all precariously balancing on a cart! At least I thought it was impressive until the cart got bumped and the entire tower came crashing down. The end result was a mess. I was reluctantly reminded that day of a valuable lesson: the first step to longevity and success is to build a solid foundation.
Jesus reinforced the foundation principle at the end of His well known, “Sermon on the Mount.” After teaching on a diverse group of topics, He challenged His listeners to act on “these words of Mine.” If they did, His followers would be as a wise person who laid a solid foundation “upon the rock.” A foundation that would allow the builder’s house to withstand a vicious storm that is, apparently, inevitable for everyone. The alternative: foolishly ignore Jesus’ words resulting in a destructive mess.
When I think about families, the key ingredient to building a solid foundation is wisdom. And, according to Jesus, wisdom is obtained when we act on the teachings of God by applying them to our lives. Then, when the storms come, the households we have built can stand; unlike those who are foolish and ignore the Word of God and thereby usher in a destructive cycle.
With that in mind, here are some foundational reminders from God’s word to help you develop a solid household base. As we begin a new study on the family, give yourself a score in each of the following building blocks and save them until the end of the series, then score yourself again to see if you have applied what you’ve heard. Then, do another check-up six months from now and again each year after that. You may find that you are able to navigate some pretty big storms.
· Honor God
"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20 (NASB)
· Model Godliness
“But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NASB)
· Love Your Spouse
“Nevertheless let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself…” Ephesians 5:33 (NASB)
· Bless Your Kids
“Just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children” 1 Thessalonians 2:11 (NASB)
· Work for the Lord
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men;” Colossians 3:23 (NASB)
· Pursue Heavenly Treasure
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 (NASB)
· Let Your Light Shine
"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NASB)
Posted on Mon, May 13, 2013
by John Hill