I’m built on the Rock

Jesus is my rock

..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)

The construction of buildings intrigues me. The way a ground of nothingness can have a whole new purpose placed upon it. The way the old can be pulled down to make way for something new. Something grand. Whether it is a home for a family, a centre for children or a place of healing.

But sometimes we design dodgy buildings that aren’t legally approved. We throw in an extra wing here or a shed over there. We add things that should not have been added and sometimes even change or corrupt the purpose the building was intended for.

You are a living house. God’s craftsmanship.

But is God still the architect and continuing builder of your house or did you construct and re-purpose your house outside of God’s will?

A few indicators that perhaps you’ve taken over that job include feelings of:

Discontentment, dissatisfaction and emptiness. Because you’ve built what you thought would make you happy (you got that degree, that job, that car or relationship) but you still feel empty and incomplete.

Confusion. Because you can’t make sense of your purpose. The pieces don’t fit together. You built a childcare centre when God wanted to build a grand palace. You are not in alignment with God’s will.

Loneliness. Without God dwelling within your house, you experience a loneliness that no person, job, promotion or thing can fill. Only God can complete you. Only He can give you a content and joyful heart. Only He can give a sense of direction and purpose that is food for your soul and will drive your very being.

If you built your house and stop consulting God then maybe it’s time you let God tear it down and re-build it with a new purpose. His purpose.

The process of being torn down is not easy or pain free. But once He is done tearing down the shaky, unstable house that was eventually going to tumble, He will heal the ground and begin setting a new foundation or reminding you that He is your foundation. From there He can re-purpose you. No matter how broken you are, how much of a mess you have made of your life or how far you have strayed from God, He can still use you. He can still build you into a grand palace that He can dwell within and give a joy and peace that surpasses all understanding.

You are a temple of the Holy Spirit. This means God wants to come and live in you. You are His living house and He doesn’t want to dwell in no shabby little tent. He’s got big plans for your life. Much bigger and better then you can even imagine. The way you build your life on the foundation of Jesus is by hearing His words and putting them into practice.

So it’s time to fire yourself if you are the builder or architect of your house and call in the Expert who is deserving of everything you have to offer. Glory to the King forever and ever.

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