This past weekend was Disciple Now Weekend at our church. A weekend retreat for students grade 7th-12th. God did big things through His word, His servants, and Joshua Harris' book, Dug Down Deep. All pictures were taken by our lovely pastor's wife, Jan.
"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent stuck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.
There are two houses in this analogy.
The first one came to Jesus and lived his life glorifying Him.
His house was built a solid foundation, Christ.
The other man came to Jesus, knew the right way, yet refused to live as he should.
He built his house alone, on no foundation.
In both stories, we read of a storm coming down on these houses.
Divorce. Bankruptcy. Job-loss. Miscarriages. Death. Sickness.
Even as Christians, Christ-followers, we will face storms.
The outcome, how we deal with our storms, how we survive, all depends on our foundation.
Only one house remained standing.
The one whose foundation was built on Christ.
If you build your life, your foundation, on money, what happens when it disappears?
If your foundation is built on your boyfriend/girlfriend, what happens when they leave?
If your foundation is built on your job, what happens when you lose it?
If your foundation is built solely on family, what happens when they are taken away?
All of these; success, relationships, friendships, family, careers, are fine building blocks for your life,
but cannot support you as your foundation.
Christian or not, there will be storms in your life.
What will support you when everything fades?
When you fall, who is catching you?
What is your foundation built on?