BUILDING ON SOLID GROUND

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: (Matthew 7:24 NKJV)

In the natural order of things every foundation will be tested. Jesus teaches us that this is true in the spiritual order of things as well. The type of insurance we carry in the day of great trials is important. The hymn writer proclaimed, *My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness…When all around is sinking sand on Christ the solid rock I stand”. “Where am I standing?” is the honest question.

The apostle Paul understood that every house would be tested at the base level. So he prepares the new followers of Christ in Ephesus not to trust in themselves. He reminds them, “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins…For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:1, 8-10 NKJV)

Two exhortations are drawn from these words: (1) Stop competing with the world. You are dead to the former way of living. “Don’t love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in them. Everything that is in the world—the craving for whatever the body feels, the craving for whatever the eyes see and the arrogant pride in one’s possessions—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world and its cravings are passing away, but the person who does the will of God remains forever”(1 John 2:15-17 CEB).   (2) Stop competing with God. ” We are His Masterpiece”(Ephesians 2:10b NIV).  Your performance does not define you. Your identity in Christ does. Paul taught, “You are complete in Him” (Colossians 2:10). You are not to try to compete…for you are complete! This means you cannot play “Can You Top That?” with Jesus. “Very well”, ”If I am complete in Christ Jesus then “How shall I live?” You must recognize, as Paul said, “I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus”(Philippians 1:6 CEB). Then you must cooperate as an act of loving obedience. “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose”(Philippians 2:12, 13 NIV). The key is what Roy Hession coined as “Calvary Road”. In other words, the Way of the Cross is the Key. Again as the apostle Paul testified, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 CEB)

The Cross is the key to victory over the flesh nature. We are dead to the worldly way and point of view. But we are to experience Christ’ LIFE in our every day living. Crucified, yet alive in Him and His resurrection life and power Alive in me. And when you do so you will stand unmoved because you have built confidently on the solid Rock of Christ.

 

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