In my previous blog I wrote about Matthew 7:21-23 which I think is the scariest passage in the Bible. In it Jesus shows people who did miracles, cast out demons, and prophesied in His name who are not granted eternity with Him. In order to really understand that passage, you have to understand what follows:
 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.  And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-25
Let’s play the passage out like a movie for a moment. Two people go out to build houses. One builds in the sand where it is easier to dig and easier to level everything out. One man builds on rock. It is harder to chip into the rock and anchor the house. The rock is also uneven which makes building difficult. Probably the one in the sand gets done first and sits in a lawn chair watching the other work a lot longer on his house. But a storm comes with driving wind, rain, and floods. The text says the one of the rock stands but the one in the sand falls and great was the fall. It is obliterated!!
You are building a house. This means more than your spiritual life. It is your whole life. What you do. Where you work. Jesus has, in this sermon, be talking about all kinds of areas of real life. The question is–What are you building your house on?
If you are wise it is on the things of God and on the will of God. If you are foolish it is sand. Sand for the people in this story is trying to build your life on the very impressive public displays of faith like those who are previously denied entry into heaven.
What distinguishes the rock and the sand? Whether you do words of Jesus or not. Not if you know certain things or pray certain things. Are you doing them? Protestant and evangelical Christianity have been so scared of a works salvation that they have sometimes failed to grasp the true important of doing God’s Words. If you are not living the faith in real and tangible ways in everyday life then your foundation is wrong. A foundation in Christ is a foundation that produces good works.
So how do you know what your foundation is? Your foundation is revealed in the storm. On nice days both houses might look good. But when the rain starts falling and the floods come then the foundation will be revealed.
The tricky part is that Houses are built in good weather, but they are built for bad weather. I have seen so many people that don’t develop their faith and aren’t involved in church and when a storm in life comes they collapse because they don’t have a good foundation. I don’t see them for a year or two at church other than Christmas or Easter and then they lose someone suddenly and are devastated. It is like not working out for a long time and then life demanding that you run a marathon. They did not build their house on good days and when the flood comes they can’t build fast enough.
I told you that this is the scariest passage in the Bible. How could Christians that do such great things be told by God “Depart from me”? How can someone who did the work to build a house lose it because the foundation was bad?
Yet as scary as these ideas are, this is also a passage filled with hope. The words you hear before the Lord don’t have to be “I never knew you. Depart from me” Jesus does the work to offer you the hope of being known. He is the wrong and offers you a different kind of foundation. He is the one with authority to say “I never knew you” but He is also the one who crossed the cosmos so that He could know you. And if you will do the hard work of living with Him truly as your Lord, then you can instead hear the words: “Well done, my good and faithful servant. I know you well. Come into the party.”
This blog is based on a recent sermon. You can listen to the sermon at http://jordanrimmer.podbean.com/e/the-scariest-passage-in-the-bible/.