There is a great story in Matthew 7:24 where Jesus is teaching about two different men who built their homes. One man was called “wise” because he built his house on a solid foundation, while the other man was called “foolish” because he built his house on the shifting sands.
When a storm came and blew against both houses, the one built on the solid foundation stood the storm. The house built on the shifting sands fell, and Jesus said that the fall was great. He was teaching by means of a parable — a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.
The first man who built his house on the solid foundation represents the wise person today who is building their lives on things that will matter — spiritual things. Jesus taught that one day this world will burn up and everything in it, so that He can create a new Heaven and a new Earth. If you are living for the things of this world, you would be considered a “foolish” person. (Please don’t send me any “hate” e-mails this week. I didn’t say it, Jesus did, I’m just the messenger.)
Most every day, I see people living for the things of this world. They spend long hours at their job trying to “work their way up the ladder.” But you know what? Many times, when they get to the top of the ladder, they find it was propped against the wrong building. They may have earned a promotion and maybe a corner office with a view, but they sacrificed their family for it. I have counseled many who gained everything they wanted, and in the meantime, they lost their spouse and family. The Bible asks the question, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?”
In other words, “So what?” if you have the fastest car on the road, or live in the biggest house on the block? Or you have a lot of money in the bank and the biggest boat on your lake? But when you draw your last breath, you have never received Jesus as your Savior and you spend your eternity in Hell? Then what? Well, you’ve gained “the whole world, but you lost your soul.” And then, it’s too late, because once you find yourself in Hell, it is forever. I’d rather drive a beat up car, live in a tent, not have a boat or lots of money and know that when I die I’m going to spend my eternity in Heaven with God than anything else.
I’m not saying to be a Christian you have to live on “poverty junction” because I believe if you are truly living for and serving God, you will be blessed. So, the question for you to think about this week is, “Are you too Blessed to be Stressed, or are you too Stressed to be Blessed?” It’s not about what you can accumulate for yourself and for your family. It’s all about, “do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and are you living for Him?”
Week after week I write this column and I ask you to ask yourself where you will spend your eternity. If you have not received (key word here is “received”) the free gift of salvation, and if Jesus Christ is not your Savior because you have received His free gift, you will not spend your eternity in Heaven. Doesn’t that cause someone to wonder if they really are going to Heaven when they die? I would think it would. I would be more than happy to talk with you about your spiritual destiny just let me know and we’ll meet somewhere.
And that is Something to Think About for this week.
We’d love to have you and your family worship with us this Sunday. If you don’t have a home church, please check us out at 10:45 a.m. You will be glad you did.
Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.