My Crush On Construction

“I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”  Luke 6:47-48.

I have a crush on construction. I love to watch those monster machines that do the work and the guys who run them.

I have had opportunities in the past to watch new buildings in all phases of progress. From the wrecking ball that helps demolish an old building, to those brave souls hundreds of feet in the air on those sky-high cranes who help put finishing touches on a new skyscraper.

I am not alone. I’ve watched people stop to gawk at construction sites, from digging the foundation to installing those warning lights on top of the finished work. I’ve seen kids watch the construction through holes in the barrier walls they build to keep people out. I’ve watched work associates stand at office windows watching construction equipment churn and belch and puff and smoke. We love the sights, sounds and smells of construction.

Why do we like that stuff? I like to watch the day-to-day progress of the construction, from the time they dig the foundation to the finished structure.  The foundation is the most important step in the process, of course. Whether they’re constructing a one-story strip mall, or a towering sky scraper, the foundation must be solid.

Jesus talked about the importance of building a strong foundation for our faith in Luke. He compared it to two men building houses. One of them knew the importance of building strong. He, “dug down deep and laid his foundation on rock.” His house weathered the floods and the torrents because his foundation was solid. The opposite was true for the man who built his house on the ground without a foundation. The wind came along and blew his house down. “It’s destruction was complete,” Jesus taught.

Jesus gives us three things we need to do to build a solid foundation for our lives.

1. the man who. . . “comes to me”. . . Jesus urges his disciples and those He taught throughout the New Testament, to “come to me” in many verses.  Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. We can do nothing for His glory on our own. Jesus teaches us in John 15:5b, “apart from Me you can do nothing.”  Not a little, not some things, not a lot. Nothing! We “come to Him” when we allow Jesus to live His life in us, through us, and as us. When we surrender our control. When we come to the end of ourselves and trust Him to do all the work, fight our battles, and heal our hurts.

2. “…and hears my words…” Where do we hear His words? In God’s Word. In prayer. In worship and Bible study with other believers in a Bible believing church.

3.  “…and puts them (God’s Words) into practice.” That’s Application. I heard about a lady in Alabama who graduated from college Magna Cum Laude,  furthered her education with a Master’s Degree, and wound up working as a receptionist. No application. All that money and time wasted on skills and talents she never used.

What good does it do if we go to church, hear God’s Word, then don’t apply what we learn to our lives?

Coming to Jesus, hearing His words and putting them into practice will ensure that the foundation for our lives will be rock solid and able to withstand all the storms and torrents life throws at us.

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