Imagine two scenarios of home life. Scenario one has dad pull up in front of his house in his old beat-up truck that should have been retired long ago, but it is paid for and runs well enough to get by. As he pulls into his driveway out run his children to meet him jumping into his arms, hugs being shared all around. As he enters the modest home, he smells the aroma of fried chicken and fresh bread. Eventually the family sits down to a table without a tablecloth, just placemats, no china, just mismatched dishes…some chipped, stainless steel silverware and paper napkins. Dad reaches out and they all as a family hold hands as dad thanks God for all their many blessings including the love in their family and the food concluding with Amen and they all dig in. They are not in a dining room, but the kitchen, but the place rings with laughter and love as they talk about their day. Scenario two across town is a mansion with white columns out front. Dad pulls into the driveway in his late model BMW, kicks the cat out of the way. No one comes out to meet him because the children are all in their bedrooms watching their private TV’s or gaming on the internet. Finally, it is time to eat. They enter a long formal dining room, china, crystal, tablecloth, cloth napkins. Servants bring out the Hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, soup de jour, salad, and mouthwatering roast. Dad eats as fast as he can, he has work that he has brought home that he must get too. Mom has a face like a stone; she just knows he is messing around with miss what’s her name. They never talk much anymore. The children, they are rebellious teenagers doing their own thing, but that is the only example they have ever had. Around the table, there is little if any discussion, and what discussion there is, is sarcastic and cutting. Which of these two scenarios or households would you like to live in?
It seems to me that these homes were built either on sand or on rock. Jesus left us a timeless principle on the kind of foundation to build our lives and for that matter, our homes. “Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse, because it is built on rock. But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will fall with a mighty crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27)
You can build your home on the foundation of sand: money, material things, self-absorbed entertainment etc. But listen to Jesus, when the storm comes as it certainly will and bashes against the home, what will you have? On the other hand, you can build your home on the Rock where Jesus is the foundation of your home and life. On top of the rock foundation, you build walls of worship, with studs of Sunday school and siding of Sunday night, windows of Wednesday night attendance. Paint the interior with peace, and carpet with contentment. Build a kitchen of kindness, and stock the shelves well in the pantry of purity. Then hang a chandelier of charity. A hallway of holiness will often lead you back to a bedroom of bliss! Make sure and have that special room where the whole family can bask in the light of sharing and laughter. The fireplace of forgiveness will warm the atmosphere, and leads right up to the roof of repentance, which will keep your whole family sheltered from the storms of sin. The blessings are right in your own home if you want them and if you build your house on the rock!
Because of Him, RJS