The Builder and the Rich Man

There was a rich man who hired a builder to build a house and he told him that he would pay him “x” amount of dollars for building him a house and he would like it ready by the time he gets back from his business trip.  The builder agreed and build it in a rather quick manner by taking shortcuts and buying cheap supplies so that he would pocket more money in the end.  He covered up little mistakes through paint and other tricks of the trade.  When the rich man returned and had the builder tell him that everything was ready just as he had requested, the rich man handed the keys and the deed to the house over to the builder as a gift for him and his family.  The builder was shocked to learn that the house which he took all the shortcuts in building was actually built for Him and his family.

Jesus’ Words

Jesus said: “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined” (Mt. 7:24-27).

How Will You Build?

What are you building – in your family life, in your workplace and in your community?  How will your foundation hold up through the wind and rain?  I know all too well, how the foundation I build can be made to look fine as I “cover up” the defects I have in my foundation.  The shifting sand always surfaces, sooner or later and my true foundation begins to become clear.  This summer is a good time to reflect and consider doing some refurbishing and reestablishing of what is most important.  Take some time to see what you need to do to continue to build upon a strong foundation.  Evaluate, reflect and pray for the grace to see and repair what God wants.

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