It’s Time to Fix the “House”

A few years ago, a good friend mentioned to me that he had a problem with his house. Each time it rained, water entered through a small hole in the roof. He said, “I don’t like to think about it but one day I’ll have to fix it.” He knew that the problem wasn’t going to disappear simply by not thinking about it.

Likewise, whether we want to think about it or not, one day all of us will have to give an account of what we have done with our life here on earth. The apostle Paul told the Christians in Corinth, Greece, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Corinthians 5:10). This verse gives us a lot to think about, especially when we recall all the time we’ve wasted on unimportant things.

One day, the greatest storm of all eternity, the final judgment, will test each one’s “house” to see if it has been built on the words of Christ or on traditions, human wisdom, opinions and feelings (Matthew 15:1-9; Colossians 2:8,23; Romans 10:2-3).

Speaking of our “house” (or life), at the end of his “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus says, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it” (Matthew 7:24-27).

What kind of condition is our “house” in? If it has “holes”, the time to fix it is today (2 Corinthians 6:2).

–Jerry Falk