Ever since my wife and I moved into our new house a few months back there has been one project looming over my head: putting the shed up in the backyard.
It has been sitting in the garage glaring at me. Laughing at me. Poking fun at me. A constant reminder of a seemingly daunting task that I really don’t have any desire to do.
However, it is not really that hard. When we bought it several years ago, I put it together. I have the instruction book. I have all the right tools. The problem is that it needs a platform built so it is not sitting directly on the ground.
Over the past few months, I knew I needed to get it up so we can get certain items out of the garage. There have been times I have been tempted to just put it up anyway – without the wooden platform. It comes with a floor after all.
However, about the time I was almost settled on doing just that I heard something on a radio program about building your house on the rock and not on the sand…
In the Gospel according to Matthew, chapter 7 verses 24-27, it says:
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Too often, we want to take short cuts. We want to finish tasks. Check them off the never-ending to-do list. In my case, I just want the shed out of my garage.
However, the wooden platform would give the shed stability, strength, and support. It will keep the shed from falling down, getting warped, or breaking. Jesus Christ offers us the same promise of stability, strength, and support.
But too many times, we disregard Him as well. Most of the time it is simply because we want to do things our own way. We act as if we do not need Him. We act as if just knowing about Him is enough. We act as if His commands mean nothing.
I would encourage you to today to take the time to build your foundation in Christ – all of Christ: His life, His teachings, His sacrifice, His resurrection, His promises. Christ gives you stability when you feel imbalance. Strength when you feel weak. Support when you feel alone.
Christ establishes a foundation that can never be shaken. Let’s not be like the man who builds his house on the sand, without the proper foundation – in life or for a shed.
Anyway, I was just thinking…