“This stone shall be our witness, for it has heard all the words which the LORD spoke to us. It shall be a witness against you, should you wish to deny your God.” (Joshua 24)
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, “I tell you that if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” (Luke 19:40)
Sitting Bull walked barefoot on mother earth and sat on the dirt floor thinking he was practicing the presence of God in nature. Because Jesus is our creator, and lodestone, we learn from birds, trees, and rocks.
Because the Apostle Paul talks about “creation groaning” (cf. Romans 8) and Jesus “prophesies to the rocks” (cf. Luke 19:40), we understand how Lewis and Tolkien captured the mystical communication of nature in their writings.
When we build our house on the Rock, nature, and man speak to each other.
Jesus asks us to dig deep so our foundation is on the ROCK. If you are deep in your own slice of history, you may end up in the sandy soil. However, if you are deep in Scripture and the Holy Spirit’s history, you will cease to be SANDY.
Obviously, the shores of Christianity are full of historians with Ph.D.’s after Ph.D.’s who have no future except their tenure. Don’t choose a historical society God doesn’t honor.
Our future is sandy unless we continually build on the rock. Here’s how:
1. Remember you are a sinner! (Or Say the Jesus Prayer every day) 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.
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 (ironic last name?) wrote, The Church is One Foundation!
3. Only God’s Stones 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 about 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 will lead us to the person who digs deeply and lives on the Rock. Today might be the day God leads you to the STONES of your SALVATION.