Have you ever built a sandcastle? There are some really elaborate and magnificent ones that people have crafted, but do you know what they have in common with a regular, not so fancy sandcastle? When a wave comes they both crumble because there is no foundation. Having a good and solid foundation is extremely important in anything we do. One doesn’t just decide to go build a structure, there are certain steps that need to be taken to ensure that the time and the resources that will be put into the project will result in something that lasts.
The idea of building something that lasts stands out to me in this passage; there are two guys, both are building a house. One chooses sand the other rock. While sand isn’t impossible to build on, it is not an easy process. There are many of tests and calculations needed in order to make sure the structure won’t collapse. However we don’t get the impression that a lot of thought was put into the house on the sand. Sometimes, I think we can approach our faith like that, casually. ‘Oh I don’t need to read by Bible everyday’ or 'I don’t have to pray every day. After all God knows my heart already.’ How we go about living our faith determines the kind of structure we are building and heeding the right instruction will guarantee the success of the building. If we approach our faith with a cavalier attitude, like it’s just another facet of our multi faceted lives, we separate ourselves from the one person who has everything we need for our faith to be secure: Jesus. We are called to be his hands, His feet and His heart to the world around us but how can we possibly go about doing that if we aren’t spending time with Him, learning about who His is and what He says about who we should be? Without a firm foundation we are just building sandcastles that will crumble in life's storms because we have not dug deep enough in Christ.
by Kalesha Peters