It is interesting how in James chapter 2 it is written that faith, without works, is dead. This shows that it is possible to have faith, but if the faith doesn’t have works (if the faith doesn’t work!), this faith is in vain, it is dead! Such serious words! So what kind of works should my faith have? If you are a serious believer, it is important to ask yourself – does my faith work? Does my faith give me eternal life?
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand… Matthew Chapter 7
Everyone knows the parable of the wise and the foolish builder. But do we truly understand what this parable means, what it means to be a hearer and a doer of the words of Christ? To build on the rock, versus on the sand? And what about the rain, floods, and winds causing the house to either fall or stand? How can I be sure that I am a wise builder, versus a foolish one? This is a very important question to understand, this is a question of life or death!
In this example, both are builders and both built a house. The house on sand can be bigger or more appealing, on the outside it may appear to be strong and mighty. But regardless, if it’s built on sand, the house will fall during times of tests and trials (when the rain will fall, floods will come, and winds will blow). This parable is talking about faith. My faith needs to be built/based Solely on the Word of God, exactly as it is written in Scriptures! Not on miracles, not on feelings, or some kind of experiences that I may have had. Nothing of mine should be added on to the foundation of my faith. If I have my own understanding, my own feelings, or anything of my own added on – then I am no longer building my faith upon the rock. This faith is built on sand and it truly will not withstand during the trials and tribulations.
In Acts chapter 4, verse 11, Christ is referred to as the stone, the corner-stone.
This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
The whole point is for Christ to be my All! For all my feelings to be Christ, for my patience, joy, and love to be Christ! And not my patience (because I “try” to be patient), and not my love (again, because I “try” to love or because I “should” love). If it will be your patience, your love, your joy – this patience, love, and joy will end during times of trials and tribulations! So let’s be serious and let’s make sure that we are building Solely on the Word of God!