A little south of us is a rock. Actually there are a lot of rocks, but I am speaking of Enchanted Rock. Many people have made the trip to Enchanted Rock to climb on it, explore it, or to walk around it. I have been up it several times.
This rock is hard. It stands out in the weather and takes the full force of rain and winds. It makes a wonderful place to spend some time.
Further to the south of us is the Gulf coast. If you have ever been there you have seen the water and the sand. It is fun to fish in the water, to play in it and to enjoy the tides coming and going.
But the sand moves around. When the tides come in the sand washes in and brings with it shells and other debris. When the tide takes the water back out, some of the sand will also go. It is not very stable. When a hurricane comes, much of the sand may be washed out.
If you were building a house, which would you build on, the rock or the sand? Jesus tells a story about this in the Sermon on the Mount. There are two builders. There are two houses. They use the same materials and build immaculate houses. But when the rain and winds come, there are two different outcomes. The one who builds on the rock has a house that stands firm. The house that was built on the sand washes away, much to the owners regret. (Matthew 7:24-27)
When we consider these words we have to ask ourselves, what are we building our lives on? Are we building them on things that will last forever or are we building them on things that really have no meaning?
If we are not building our lives on spiritual things we are described as a foolish man by our Lord. If we build on that which is spiritual in nature we are described as wise. There’s not one person reading this who wants to be told they are foolish.
Are spiritual things important to you? Things like reading the Bible, praying, helping others, going to worship services, are all spiritual things and to do them we will be wise. To allow ourselves to be caught up in worldly things is foolish. Which are you?