Bible Ballistics: BBs #140 Rock, Paper, Scissors???
Ever play this game to decide something or just for fun? Let’s use the ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ today to remind ourselves of the dependability of JESUS!!!
Matthew 7:24-27, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
We often minimalize this story and think of it only as a children’s song, but it has great import. It reminds us that we can choose the foundation of our lives! Are you going to choose the ROCK=JESUS, or the Sand=anything else! But don’t forget, every choice has consequences. Looking at the comparison, it doesn’t say “IF” the rain, floods, winds and beating assaults come, but “WHEN” they come. We all face trials and difficulties in life: what we stand on makes the difference! How about you? Are you building on Jesus, the solid Rock, or on sand? The comparison/contrast indicates that both houses appeared to be the same on the outside, yet the disasters revealed the true nature of their foundation. Only Jesus-the Rock of Ages-can conquer the onslaughts of life and use them for our good, for His glory and as a testimony of His ‘Rock Solid” power. The rock will crush all!
Daniel 2:45, “Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.” THE ROCK WINS!!!
What about the ‘paper’? Let’s see?
“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33
God writes His law on the hearts of His own, and He writes on our hearts so that we can be read by the world! Our lives are to be the paper for God’s message to be seen by world. In ‘living’ color!!! We are to:
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16,
2 Corinthians 3:1-3, “Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? 2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: 3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.”
What does your ‘paper’ say? And Scissors? They cut away the bad to enhance the good. He’s purifying ME!!!
“Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.” Proverbs 25:4