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A Solid Foundation!

By Angela Willingham

2012-11-04

I know you have heard the story of the three little pigs.  They all built houses.  One built his house of straw because it was easier and allowed him time to go and play.  The second built his out of wood and the third built his out of brick.  The brick house took longer because of the all of the extra work that has to be done to lay brick and make sure that it connects together properly, you know putting the mortar between each brick to make sure it holds together.  Imagine the three houses.  The straw hut, the wooden shanty and the brick house.  All of them were houses and all would provide you with a place to sleep.  Which house would you want to be in when the storm came or in their case, when the wolf came and threatened to blow their houses in. 

I think we all would agree that we would want to be in the brick house under either condition, whether it be a storm or a wolf.  The question we have to ask ourselves is which house are we living in.  Which house does our life represent?  Does it represent the one that wants to hurry up and get finished so I can get out to play, hang out with my friends, lay around and watch some tv?  Doing it the easy way?  That would be the straw house.  What was that little pig thinking?
 
Then there is the wood house.  The one that knows the straw won't make it if it rains, but I am willing to go for just good enough.  Medium.  Middle of the road.  Better than straw, but not as good as it could be.  The wood house in this case is just good enough.  Mediocrity.  How many times have we seen that?  I know the dangers, I know what is required, but I am just not willing to take the time to do it right.  I know the wolf is out there.  I know he breathes fire.  I know the possible consequences of my choice, but I'm still going to go with this wood house.  What was that little pig thinking? 
 
It is easy to look at the little pigs and question what they were thinking or to even kind of laugh because it seems so obvious what should have been done, but what about us? 
 
The solid foundation was the one that was built out of brick.  Just like that little pig we have a choice to make.  Will we take the time to build a foundation that is strong and will stand or will we take a quicker out?  A solution that allows us to get on with our lives and doing whatever we want to do?  Unfortunately many of us take the straw and wood houses.  We just don't want to do what it takes to do it God's way.  Somebody offers us quick money, fast money so we go for it, thinking we can get there without doing the work.  We try to walk into situations and take over through manipulation and cheating, thinking we can take the place of the person that did the work and laid the foundation.  The truth is that none of that works.
 
When my son reminded me of the story of the three little pigs, he also reminded me of how the story ended.  The two little pigs that took the easy out ended up with the one that built the brick house when their houses were destroyed.  This kind of reminds me of the story of Joesph in Genesis.  His brothers wanted to get rid of him, but in the end they ended up with him saving their lives.  I can see the pig with the straw house and the pig with the wood house walking by the pig that was building his house of brick every day pointing, laughing and giggling.  Asking him to come out to play, daring him to just give up and come on.  Telling him all of his hard work was not necessary.  All of thar until the fateful day that the wolf came.  That is the same thing that happens in life. 
 
People will tell you it is not necessary to follow the rules.  It is not necessary to try to do it right.  It is not necessary to be righteous.  Come on let's go to the mall instead of studying your bible.  Let's hang out instead of putting in the work to build the ministry or business God gave you.  All of this to cause you to miss your destiny and if your foundation is not strong you just might do it.
 
Follow the rules, build your house on a solid foundation no matter what the house in your situation represents.  Yes, people will lie, cheat and steal, but what you have done by building on that rock, brick, solid foundation will never be able to be taken away.  Let them do whatever they want to do, but know that at the end your foundation will hold.
 
In Matthew 7:24-27, the bible says, 24-25 “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.  26-27 “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”   (MSG).  If we want a foundation that is strong and solid we cannot just talk about it we really have to believe it and live by it.  It does not matter what everyone else does.  What matters is what we do.  How we live.  What we say and how we act.  Stuff is like rain, it is going to come and it is going to happen.  Some of that stuff may even threaten to take us out, but if we are truly grounded it can't.  Just like a storm and the brick house in the three little pigs story, it might be shaken, but in the end it and you will still be standing.
 
The question you have to ask yourself is are you willing to do the work to still be standing in the end, not based on what you want or think, but based on what God has said?  Not based on doing what you want to do, but based on heeding the instructions that have been given to you.  Walking in obedience to the word and will of God.  Don't build on the rock because you want people to come to you, don't make this about pride, make it about believing God and walking in obedience to His will and His word.  Do it because it is the God thing to do. 
 
Do it by studying the word, praying about everything and being obedient in everything God tells you to do.  I heard Charles Stanley saying this morning that if you totally put your trust and focus in and on God your conscious will tell you when you are out of order.  That is so true.  Purpose to build on the rock.  Purpose to build a solid foundation in the word and your conscious will let you know when you are moving away from your solid foundation. 
 
The question, where are you right now looking for the easy answer, operating in mediocrity or building a solid foundation?  Where do you want to be in the end, safe in your own brick house built on your obedience and foundation in God or running for cover?
 
Scripture References:

Matthew 7:24-27

Building on a Solid Foundation
24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”  (NLT) 

Matthew 7:24-27

24-25 “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.  26-27 “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”   (MSG)

 
 
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