“Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against the house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.” – Luke 6:47-49
The parable of the wise and foolish builders is also told in Matthew 7:21-27. I choose to use the verses from Luke because of the words “dug down”.
In Joshua Harris’s book Dug Down Deep: Building Your Life on Truths That Last, this parable was at the center of his message. I never truly understood this parable until I read Dug Down Deep.
I always knew that the Wise Builder who built his house on the rock represented a man who built his life on God’s word. The Foolish Builder who built his house on the sand being the man who ignored God. Trials and judgement came in the form of rain and storms. The Wise Builder’s house was still standing because his foundation was the word of God. The Foolish Builder’s house, and life, was destroyed.
It sounds easy enough. Build your life upon God’s word, and He will help you through the trails. But it’s not quite that simple.
In his book, Joshua Harris points out two words that I’d never noticed before: “dug down”. In order for the Wise Builder to even begin building his house on the rock, he has to first dig down into the rock so that he can set the foundation. This is grueling work. The Wise Builder labors hard to dig down and build a strong foundation for his house.
The same applies to our study of God’s word. We have to dig down deep into God’s word to set the strong foundation for our life. It’s more than just reading the Word; it’s reading it, studying it, learning it, and obeying it. It takes a lot of time and hard labor, but God makes it clear that we need to put in the work.
Those who hear God’s words and do not act on them are like the Foolish Builder. Those who hear God’s words and do act on them are like the Wise Builder. Trials, and ultimately judgement, will come either way. But it’s not enough just to hear or read God’s word. We must obey His word and live it out. (James 2:14-26)
If you haven’t read Joshua Harris’s book, Dug Down Deep: Building Your Life on Truths That Last, I would recommend it. It’s a great read about what he has learned about theology, orthodoxy, and doctrine, and just how important those things are to a Christian’s life.
Your sister in Christ,
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