Luke 6:48a (NLT)
“It is like a person building a house who digs deep
and lays the foundation on solid rock.”
The hymn writer said: “On Christ, the solid rock, I stand.” What a bold and important statement! You know, everybody builds their life on something, whether they think about it or not. Of course what they build on can be different for different people. It could be education, it could be a desire for wealth or fame, it could be the simple dream of raising a family. But for those who are devoted to Christ the foundation is always the same. It is Jesus Christ himself. That's what Paul meant in 1 Cor. 3:11 where he wrote: “No one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.” Now that doesn’t mean that an education isn’t useful or that having a family isn’t important. It just means that the education and the family aren’t the foundation; they must be built on Christ and serve His cause along with the rest of the Christian life.
Please notice in the passage from Luke that the builder “digs deep.” There is nothing superficial or easy about building on Christ. There is dirt that has to be moved out of the way. There are areas of hardness that have to be broken up. There are selfish motives and fleshly desires that have to be blasted away by the power of the Spirit. There are false beliefs and self righteous attitudes that need to be crushed by the hammer of God’s Holy Word. But, if the solid rock is the objective, then we have to dig.
Consider what we know: Whatever is built on Christ is enduring. Whatever rests on Him is able to withstand the storms when they come. It is easier to just build on the sand and skip all the digging. But it wastes time, it squanders resources, and it produces something that is ordinary at best. Christian, don’t settle for that. Dig in and dig deep.
Pastor Keith Andrews