Monday, July 11, 2011

31 Days of Hope Day 11

Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. "And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house ; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. "Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. "The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house ; and it fell -and great was its fall." When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching.  Matthew 7:24-28

This is one of my favorite examples that Jesus gives. The example paints a clear picture.  I can see the house on the rock; it's sturdy and built well. The "contractor" put a lot of time and care into the planning of this home. It was built to withstand all of the weather elements that were known in that area. It was built with intention and quality.

The other home is more like a hut built quickly and careless on the sand. The "contractor" for this home did not consider the weather elements, nor did they seem to care about the quality of materials used. It almost seems like it was built as an after thought without much purpose. 
I want my home, family, friends, work, and most importantly my relationship with God, built on a solid foundation. I want the contractor for the house on the rock! The interesting thing is, I AM the contractor.  It's up to me what kind of quality I want to "use" in each relationship. I can choose how much time I want to put into each relationship. I can be as purposeful and intentional as I want. 

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior then it's up to you the quality, purpose, and intention that you put forth and build your relationship on. The more you put into your relationship with Christ, the more HOPE you will find!
I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.  Proverbs  8:17

Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You. 12 Blessed are You, O Lord; Teach me Your statutes. Psalms 119:11-12

The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. "Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting RockIsaiah 26:3-4

 *The picture of the home was found in Portugal and it's a stone house built between two rocks

 *don't forget to catch up with the other blogs: purpose, victory, wellness, passion, and love

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