“That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built.” Jesus, Luke 6
Sitting Bull walked barefoot on mother earth and sat on the dirt floor so that he could practice the presence God in nature. We have a lot to learn from the birds, trees, and rocks. When Paul talks about creation groaning or Jesus prophesying the rocks will cry out, we think it is more than a fancy metaphor or hyperbole. I think Lewis and Tolkien captured the mystical communication of nature in some of their readings.
When we build our house on the Rock, nature, and man speak to each other.
Jesus asks us to dig deep so that our foundation is on the rock. If you are deep in Scripture alone you may end up in the sandy soil. However, if you are deep in Scripture and History, as Newman prophecies, you will cease to be SANDY.
Obviously, the shores of Christianity are full of historians with Ph.D.’s after Ph.D’s. All of us choose which historical sandy facts we honor.
Our future is sandy unless we continually build on the rock. Here’s how:
1. Remember you are a sinner! Paul’s word from a jail cell: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these, I am the foremost.” The best way to keep yourself from the sand is to completely identify as the chief sinner. Or as Pope Francis said, “Theology is best done on your knees.”
2. Learn the art of Praise. Psalm 113 states: “Praise, you servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. Blessed be the name of the LORD both now and forever.” In other words, as Samuel John Stone wrote, The Church is one Foundation!
3. Rotten Trees Don’t Produce Good Fruit. Jesus has the habit of saying things that are patently obvious. Here’s another example:
“A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good,
but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil;
for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks” (cf. James 1-5).
Confused how to build your house on the rock? Ask Jesus!
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command?
I will show you what someone is like who comes to me
Jesus want’s to show us, lead us to the person who digs deeply and lives on the Rock. Today might be the day God leads you to the ROCK~