Christianity and Society

BUILD WISELY, BUILD ON THE ROCK

Sand Dunes

Not knowing Christ as the Savior is building on sand

Life is described with many similes. Some have described it as a drama; some have said it is like a journey. Those who are acquainted with roller coasters have likened it to roller coasters. Others have preferred to describe life as a race. These and many other similes are given to life depending on how one views life.

Christ also has his own metaphor of describing life. In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus  likens our day to day life with the art of building. As a matter of fact, he says that all of us are builders. He also goes on to categorize the builders into two namely wise and foolish builders.
This is what he says,
“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 has 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.”
On sand. This can mean many things, but to sum it up, we would say that anything that controls and drives our lives apart from Christ is sand. Anything that stops us from making Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior of our life is sand. To some, it might be fame. There are people today that are driven by fame. In everything they do, they value fame more than anything else, and this in the end leaves Christ having no room in their lives.
To some the sand can be wealth and riches. To them nothing, not even Jesus, matters more than riches and wealth. Different philosophies and ideologies that you hold dear to but oppose God’s Word are also sand. The list is endless. Those who have built on this sand should know that a day is coming when the rains will fall, streams rise, and the winds blow against their houses, and the houses will be crashed into pieces.
On the rock. The rock is none other than Christ. Those who have built their house on the rock are those who have believed in Jesus. These people can be assured that all will be well on the day when the rain will come, streams rise, and the winds blow against their buildings. Their houses will remain unshakable, and they will gladly sing: “On Christ the solid rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
Finally, the day when rains will fall and the streams rise, and the winds blow against your building. This is the day when each one of us will depart this earth and stand in front of the great judge, the God of heaven and earth, and give an account of what you did with Jesus Christ. One important question will be posed to each one of us: Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and does Jesus know you as his? Our response will reveal whether we built our house on the sand or on the rock. So, build wisely, build on the rock and His grace is sufficient to enable us build on the rock.
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Christianity and theology

The Beauty of Christianity

Recently, I was studying the lives of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. One thing that struck me in my study was the inclusion of Matthew also called Levi and Simon the Zealot in the apostolic band. How was it possible for these two gentlemen to come together like that?

In case you are wondering. Let me provide some important background.  Matthew was a tax collector. The taxes he was collecting were remitted to the Romans who then had colonized the Jews.

The Jews never liked the colonization hence hated to pay taxes to Romans and any Jew who was a tax collector was regarded as an enemy by fellow Jews. The Zealots were Jews who openly showed their hatred for Romans and all those associating with Rome.  The Zealots were willing and ready to kill Romans and any Jew connected to Rome in order to liberate Israel from the Roman bondage.

But, here we are! Matthew who was a tax collector is working hand in hand with Simon the Zealot in serving Jesus. What a scene!

Believe you me, had it not been that these men were transformed by the love of Christ, Simon would have killed Matthew right away. Is it not then amazing to see how the differences of the two evaporated into thin air because of their love for Christ?

“Here is one of the greatest of all examples of personal enmity destroyed by common love of Christ. If Matthew and Simon could live at peace within the apostolic band, then there is no breach between men which cannot be healed when men love Christ,” (William Barclay author of The Master’s Men).

Christianity is indeed beautiful! In Christ, we all come together as one irrespective of our differences in interests, tribes or races. For the love of Christ we are able to say as St. Augustine said “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, love.”

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