BUILT ON THE ROCK

I am very pleased to do this write-up, with the title ‘Built on the Rock’, which incidentally, is the motto of my Alma-Mata; Government College, Ibadan (GCI).  Nigeria.  To God be the glory.

In Matthew 7:24 Jesus Christ said:  “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:’’.

Jesus uttered the statement above, to a crowd of people during one of His teaching sessions.  You may be wondering why He likened the aforementioned person, to a ‘rock’ and not to something else.   Well, we’ll find out the reason why shortly.  But before then, let us look around the word ‘rock’ first, so that we can better appreciate the substance of this write-up.  A rock by definition, is a large piece of stone, which rises up from the ground or from underneath the sea.  There are loads and loads of them all over the world, and they appear in various shapes, sizes and colours.  While some are very hard in texture (e.g., Igneous rock), others, like Sedimentary and Metamorphic rocks, are not as hard.

Hard rocks are famously used in the construction industry, for foundation laying purposes.  And the structures built on them, are generally solid enough to withstand onslaughts from harsh weather conditions (Matthew 7:25).

Apart from physical rocks, we also have spiritual rocks, figuratively speaking.  As the name suggests, they symbolize Spiritual beings with unique characteristics.  Amongst others, they are very powerful, brave, knowledgeable, honest, kind, loving, prayerful and fiercely loyal to God.  They are also very reliable and if you commit any task into their hands, it will be done very swiftly with an uncommon clinical efficiency.  Jesus Christ is referred to as a ‘Rock’ in the bible!  For example, the Psalmist referred to Him as a ‘Rock’ in Psalm 18:31 as follows: ”For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God”? And being a strong (hard) rock, He constitutes the most formidable foundation ever known to humanity (1 Corinthians 3:11).   Therefore, anyone who hears His teachings, and does them, will be strong and have all that it takes to stand firm in the face of adversities.  That is why He likened him, to a wise man who build his house on the rock (Matthew 7:24).

We can build many things on Jesus Christ, the grand Rock, and they will surely do very well.  Some of them are our:

1.  Health

Jesus Christ is interested in promoting our health and this can be verified in Deuteronomy 7:15, thus: ”And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you”.  If you build your health on Him, He will promote it too.

2.  Businesses

The Lord is also interested in blessing our businesses and the bible supported this position in Deuteronomy 16:15 in this fashion:  ”…the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely rejoice”.  Therefore, if you want your business or ministry, education, etc. blessed then, build it on Jesus Christ.

3.  Families

The Lord is very keen on fighting for us and the members of our family.  That is why in Isaiah 49:25, He said: ”…I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children”.  Please build your family on Jesus Christ, and He will fight for all of you as a matter of priority.

4.  Security

Except we build our security on Jesus, we will always have worrisome security challenges to grapple with. That is why the Psalmist said: ”…Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1).  It sounds reasonable therefore that if you want to keep secure in this unsecure world, then build your security on Jesus Christ and you will not be disappointed.

5.  Nations

Virtually all the nations on earth need healing as they are doing very badly these days.  But things can only change if we set (build) them on Jesus Christ.  In 2 Chronicles 7:14, the bible says:  ”if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”.  Please let us build our nations on Jesus Christ as from now on, and they shall prosper.

Friend, as you can see, it is very rewarding to build on Jesus Christ, the Rock.  But we can only do so if we are His.  That is, if we have already accepted Him into our lives as our personal Lord and Saviour or better still, if we are born again!  Are you born again? If you are, bravo! But if you are not, please invite Him into your life right now (1 Corinthians 6:2).  It is after taking this giant step that it can be said of you that in truth, you built on Jesus Christ, the rock of all ages, and the result will be obvious for all to see.  May He help you, as you build on Him.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

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