The Prudence of Discipleship: Building Our House on Bedrock

Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Jesus Christ

Life is dangerous and unpredictable. The sheer magnitude of the insurance industry is a testimony to our fear of some unforeseen catastrophe befalling us. We have life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, homeowners insurance, and auto insurance, just to name a few.

But there’s another kind of insurance that’s more foundational than all of these. And it’s free. Call it “endurance insurance,” if you like. Jesus spoke about it at the end of his Sermon on the Mount. He said,

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. (Matthew 7:24-27)

Notice that Jesus’ illustration assumes that there will be storms. The question is not whether our foundation will be tested. It will. The question is whether our foundation will hold, whether we will endure. Jesus recognizes only two approaches to life. One leads to destruction. The other leads to security and stability.

The life of security and stability belongs to those who hear Jesus’ words and put them into practice. The disciple of Jesus builds his life on the bedrock of Christ’s teachings.

As the old hymn puts it,

On Christ the solid rock I stand,

All other ground is sinking sand.

All other ground is sinking sand.

—Edward Mote

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About Dave Steel

Dave Steel is Associate Pastor of Discipleship at First Baptist Church of Wheaton, Illinois. He earned his MA in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and his MDiv from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. Currently, he is working on his DMin in Discipleship at Talbot School of Theology. He and his bride, Joleen, have three sons.

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