"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the Rock.
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the Rock.
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."
As I was reading this parable last night during my quiet time, I got a revelation of what Jesus was trying to say when He was telling it: When we go through tests & trials, & the storm comes, are we prepared to stand firm in Jesus' words? Are we strong enough in Him? In His word, to take everything the devil throws our way? Is our foundation truly on the Rock? Have we given Him everything? Have we let everything go? Or are we like the fool who built his house on the sand? Are we just living day to day for ourselves with out meaning or purpose, and setting a few hours of one day a week sitting in church to "spend time with God" while all we're really doing is wondering about all that we have to do today, or where we'll go for lunch afterwards? Not getting into the Word every chance we have but instead getting into the world? Are we prepared to fight against the devil and his schemes when the storms come and the waters rise? When the winds blow and the rain falls? Or are we just going to let it overcome us and wash us and our faith away?
But what I'm really wondering is...
Is your foundation on the Rock? Have you built your entire life on the Rock? Have you fallen on the Rock? Or has the Rock fallen on you after the waters washed everything away and everything fallen with a crash?
Someone I once knew [who was unsaved at the time, and didn't truly know THE God I'm talking about but had his own idea of Him] told me that one of his main goals in life was to "simply" make a few ripples in the world, [which to myself seemed like a pointless goal to have, because God didn't call us and set us apart simply to make some ripples in the world, but to make waves. Huge, tsunami, tidal waves] As I thought about what he said for a minute or two, I simply replied, In order to make even the slightest of ripples, you have to have the Rock in hand first.