Two kinds of houses
Two carpenters each built a house. They built their houses at the place they preferred.
After a while they finished their work so magnificently that people could not distinguish which one was better. One day there was a big storm and a flood rose. Then one house weathered the storm safely and the other was washed away in the flood. Why did the other house washed away so easily? That's because the house was built on the sand.
The other house, which built on the solid rock, was not washed away in spite of a big flood and storm.
Building a house on rock is not easy. First you must break the rock and put the foundation on it. It is very hard work. But building a house on sand is a lot easier. We need not to dig furiously or struggle to find good materials. But when the rain pours, or the rivers flood, we will see the results.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock...but everyone who does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand”(Matthew 7:24-26).
We are building a house during our lives. This house is our character. Our characters must be built upon a solid rock.
Let's build a beautiful life house on a rock.
The value of a person doesn't depend on his property or position. There is big difference between our standard of beauty and God's standard of beauty. God doesn't look on the outward appearance but on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).
Nothing is more valuable than a beautiful character. God wants us to have good tempers, not to become rich, or the President. Therefore we must build a beautiful character on a solid foundation.
What we should do to build an excellent heart house.
1. We must build it day-by-day, step-by-step.
2. Everyday we must clear our minds and work diligently.
3. We must read the Word of God.
We will suffer a lot of hardship while we practice Jesus' teaching. However Jesus did it as He told us, with the same body as ours. The Lord will give us strength if we really want to live according to His Words. He is always beside us.
A nice house on the rock!
Let's pray every day and build sincerely with the Lord. Let's have a heart, which can stand until the Day of Judgment. If we don't study the Bible and build our houses on sand, they'll be washed away on the Day of Judgment.
Jesus! Give us strength to build a strong house on Your word. Amen.
The things that a wise man should do.
First, He should love his enemies.
One day Jesus preached on the mountain. As is reported in Matthew 5:1-7:29. It is called “The Sermon on the Mount” Among the many stories and lessons; we can find the one about the houses built on the rock and the sand.
"But I tell you love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" (Matthew 5:44).
Everyone! Who our enemy? Yes. They are people who hurt us and torment our hearts. Jesus said that we should love and pray for such enemies.
But why should we do this? Jesus explained the reason.
"Then you may be sons of your Father in heaven"(Matthew 5:45).
We can love others who like us. But every one can do this. It is very difficult, however, to love those who do not love us. But as children of God, we must do so. Even though we can't do it by ourselves, we can do it with through Jesus. Jesus prayed for the soldiers who killed him and the priests who had ridiculed and abused Him. Jesus took pity on such men and devoted His life to saving them. We can't find such a noble love in this world. If we want to live in heaven with Jesus, we should love others as Jesus did his enemies. If we think of Jesus whenever we can't love our enemies, we can be like Him.
"Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody"(Rome 12:17).
Second, we must depend upon God.
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these"(Matthew 6:28,29).
There is an important lesson here. We all want to live in a fine house and wear beautiful clothes. But Jesus told us all these pleasures couldn’t be compared to the beauty of a wild flower. Even the gorgeous clothes of Solomon were not as beautiful as flowers God made. Look at all the nameless flowers on the mountain. How beautiful and fragrant they are! God made all these flowers.
Even though they live in a short moment, the flowers bloom beautifully and send forth their fragrance. Don't you want to live beautifully like those flowers? Let's expand our minds. Let's put the sweet fragrance in our hearts. I know that we can do all this in Jesus. If we are learning about Jesus, we can be like Him.
A pure mind is the most precious thing. If we have a pure mind, we won't get angry or hate others, even though we meet many difficulties. Having a clean mind is like building a house on solid rock.
Third, don't forget the love of God.
Jesus went on to tell the story of the lost son.
There was once a man who had two sons. They lived happily in a good house with many servants. One day, the younger one heard interesting stories about foreign countries. After that he couldn't bear the curiosity. Every day, he sat by the door and gazed at the sky and thought about the stories from guests.
At last he decided to go away and asked his father to give his share of the inheritance. Even though his father persuaded him to stay, he didn't obey his father. So he divided his property into two parts for his sons.
And then the son departed to a far land with joy. From that moment his new life began. While he stayed in other lands, he made many new friends. He didn't work but only played with them every day and night. He wasted his money on reckless living. At last he spent all he had. When his friends knew he had nothing, they all left him. He became a poor and lonely man who no one visited any more. Then a severe famine hit that country, and many people died of hunger.
So he ended up raising pigs in order to get food. He was so hungry that he even ate the gruel of the pigs.
In our father's house even a hired servant doesn't eat like this, he thought.
At last he came to his senses. He thought, “There will be plenty of food, there will be no destitution in my father's house!” And tears were running down his face. He got up and started towards his father's house. The foolish son traveled for days. He was still a long way from home when his father saw him. After the son had left, his father waited for his son every single day. Even the father was old and weak, and even his eyes became faint, he was stared all the time in the direction where his son had departed. Then his eyes saw a familiar figure in the distance. The father recognized his son at once. His heart was filled with compassion, and he ran, threw his arms around his son, and kissed him. The second son came with real repentance and regrets.
"Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son"(Luke 15:21).
Do you know what the father did?
He called his servants. “Hurry! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. Then go and get the prize calf and kill it, and let us celebrate with a feast!”
Remember that this father represents God who has been waiting for us, as that father did his prodigal son. God has been waiting for us for 6000 years since Adam and Eve sinned and left the Garden of Eden.
Can you imagine the father's joy when he saw the lost son again? The love of father represents God's love for us. God tells us,
“Return to me, for I have redeemed you”(Isaiah 44:22).
God wants us to come to Him as we are, as the lost son did. He promises us,
“...Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow”(Isaiah 1:18)
We can come back to Jesus when we make mistakes and do wrong, as the son did to his father. God, our father, will forgive our sins completely, and our lives tainted by sin will once again be white as snow. When we meet Him again, he will give a feast with all the angels in the heaven.
Jesus said, “He now showed them the full extent of his love”(John 13:1).