The issue of where we stand in the cosmic struggle that unfolds around us is made very personal in the parable of the man building a house on the rock.
Read Matthew 7:21-27. What is so frightening about this parable?
What comes to mind when you imagine this story? Where is the rock and where is the sand? For some people, sand is found only at the beach, but this story is probably not about a seaside residence. The more likely place is among the gentle rolling hills upon which most villages were located, at the side of a valley somewhere.
Jesus describes two houses; one built just on the surface while the other has foundations going down to bedrock (Luke 6:48). There is no way to tell the difference between the two completed houses until it rains up in the hills, and a flash flood roars down the valley. For one of the home builders, that is not a problem, for the house is firmly anchored; but, for the other, there is a problem. Without a secure foundation, the house just built on the surface is easy prey to the swirling floodwaters.
Jesus shared this parable because He knew how much we fool ourselves. There is a serious struggle going on, and unaided, we have no possibility of surviving it. Jesus has prevailed against evil, and that is why He is called the Rock.
This personal battle against evil can be won, but only if we build our lives firmly upon Him, and we can build upon Him only through obedience to Him. “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock” (Matt. 7:24). It’s that simple. However much faith is a crucial component-faith without works, the Bible says, is “dead” (see James 2:17, James 2:20, James 2:26), and in this parable we see just how dead it really is.
Read Matthew 7:22-23. Casting out demons in Jesus’ name or making prophecies in His name all reveal some kind of “faith” in these people. And yet, what was their fate? Ask yourself, upon what foundation is your house built, and how do you know the answer?