Jesus said, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:” — Matthew 7:24
A few years ago I had the opportunity to teach a lesson on this scripture at one of our junior church camps in Salt Rock, WV. I knew because of the age of the children I would need a lesson or illustration that they could relate to. So after much pondering and thought I remembered a story from childhood that pretty much reflects the importance of building our lives upon the solid rock of Jesus Christ. It’s the story of “The Three Little Pigs.” Now before you are too quick to judge my decision to use a secular story from literature to express biblical thought we need to look a little deeper into the story. The story consists of three builders (the pigs) that had very different ideas on how to build their homes. It also consists of an enemy (the big bad wolf) whose mission was to destroy the lives of the builders. Peter reminds us that we must be aware that there is an enemy of our souls who is lurking and waiting for the right opportunity to break down our door and destroy our lives. 1 Peter 5:8 records that warning from Peter, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
In the story, the first builder decided to build his house out of straw. His reasoning was that straw is the easiest and cheapest way to build. There are many that have chosen the “straw approach” to building their lives. Instead of investing their time and effort into building a life they live from day to day seeking pleasure instead of purpose.
The second builder observed the mistake of the first. He decides to build his house out of wood. His rationale was that wood certainly would be much stronger than straw. His mistake, like many others today, is that we compare our lives to the standards of others and ignore God’s standard. 2 Corinthians 10:12 says, “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
Finally, the third builder decides to build his house out of brick. He had seen the disastrous results of those who built cheap and those who compare themselves to others. He refuses to make the same mistake. When the enemy came expecting to destroy this third builder the same way he destroyed the other two his efforts failed. Why? He built his house on a solid foundation.
Those that build upon the rock understand and have discovered that the rock consists of three very important qualities. It has substance, strength, and stability. In these last days we cannot afford to underestimate the strength and power of the enemy. A house is only as good as its foundation. Jesus said, “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.”
Love and prayers….
Rev. Randy Skeens is pastor of Central United Baptist Church and a member of the Logan Ministerial Association.