December 19, 2016

Today you should read: Matthew 7:21-29

What foundation is your “house” built on? Matthew 7 has a fantastic parable in it that makes us examine our walk with God and our priorities, as well as a bold reminder regarding the storms of life. It reminds me of one of my favorite hymns, “The Solid Rock”, which tells us that it’s foolish to build on anything besides Jesus. Here’s the text:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

2. When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

3. His oath, His covenant, and blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When every earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

4. When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

This hymn, written by Edward Mote, is catchy and memorable. By it’s more than just a good tune. Ken Osbeck, author of 101 Hymn Stories, said this of Mote: “The Bible likens our life to a house. Some homes are built to last while others crumble easily in strong wind or rain. The difference is not in the severity of the storm but in the quality of the foundation upon which the structure is built. The author of this hymn text wisely chose “the solid rock” on which to build his own life, and he rested on Christ’s “unchanging grace” until his homegoing at age 77.” Here’s a great version of this wonderful that captures the essence of this parable in Matthew 7:

Church family, here’s a closing verse for us all to meditate on today: For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:11)

By: Todd Thomas

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

One thought on “December 19, 2016”

  1. Good post Todd. Leigh Ann and I were talking yesterday about some CPC friends we’ve known for a long time whose circumstances could have easily allowed them to build their lives on “sand”, however they prioritized building their lives on the solid “rock” of Christ. Building their lives on the foundation of Christ has given them a family and a testimony that is solid for the Lord, and they weathered storms that would collapse a lot of families. The wisdom of Jesus’ words is real. To those who question whether Jesus meant what he said, I encourage you to look at the lives of those built solidly on Jesus and see whether that foundation has proven to be strong.

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