I’m not talking about an 80’s rock song here. I’m talking about being built on the Rock, to rock the world. The Rock is Jesus, we are called to build our lives of salvation on Him. In Matthew Jesus offers a parable explaining this.
“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. It collapsed with a great crash.” When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, because he was teaching them like one who had authority, and not like their scribes. Matthew 7:24-29
Everyone who hears these words of mine AND ACTS ON THEM, will be like a wise man who builds his house on the rock. So, as explained by Jesus, when we hear His words, receive His words and act on His words, we are building on the rock. But still, for a curious mind, what does that really mean?
Acting on Jesus’ words is the key. We can’t truly act on His words unless His words do more than simply enter our ears and minds. The teachings and truth of Jesus must become like food to our very souls. God’s Word isn’t just good or wise, but transformational in our lives. Having ears to hear given to us, so as to understand them, love them, believe them, feel the power, taste the sweetness, and have a delightful relish of them.
When we hear something and it enters the core of who we are, it changes us. It takes priority in us and over other things. When Jesus’ words have that kind of affect on us, we must do something. We can’t help but to act on them. Just like a juicy piece of gossip can get a workplace buzzing and destroy morale and trust, a life giving word from Jesus gets our lives buzzing and improves our attitudes toward others. It’s electricity in our bones, fire in our souls. Jesus’ teachings re-calibrate the compass of our lives and point us away from things of the world and straight toward Him.
When the words of Jesus impact us like that, we know we have found the rock solid foundation to build on.
We are not only to be hears of the word, but also doers. As we build and grow in Jesus, and our lives are changed radically, His words push us further. Beyond ourselves. Beyond a solid foundation for ourselves, and onto something much greater. This hope and joy cannot be contained in a persons heart, it must be shared, it will explode in us like a volcano. We have to rock the world. In the book of Acts says the disciples are accused of turning the world upside down! That’s something Jesus is still doing today through His Church, Jesus is still rocking the world through us.
But, without the solid foundation in Christ, we will never have the ability to truly change the world for Him. We can be big fans of Jesus, really like His teachings, even believe what He says, but if we don’t give ourselves to it, we will never truly become it. We will never be ALL IN for Jesus. Lets face it, there will be difficulties, there will be things that discourage us to the point of rethinking it all, we will end up smack dab in the middle of storm, and if at the bottom of it all we don’t find our foundation in Jesus, we won’t withstand it, we wont persevere.
If you’re not positive about your foundation, do a building inspection of your life today by answering these questions.
- Do you know that Jesus is who He says He is, that He was killed as a once and for all and forever atoning sacrifice for our sin? And that He rose from the grave 3 days later, proving that He has defeated death?
- Have you recognized that there is sinfulness in your life and that you can’t be good enough on your own to overcome it? Romans 3:22
- Have you proclaimed (out loud with your voice) that Jesus is Lord of your life? Romans 10:9
- Have you repented of your sin (made a decision to stop sinning by handing your live over the Jesus)? Acts 3:19
- Do you desire to share your hope in Jesus with those who don’t know him, and invest your time and talents to do it? 1 Thessalonians 2:8
- Have you experienced newfound joy, peace, patients and all the other fruit of the Spirit? Galatians 5:22-23
Rock this world for Jesus!