Summary: A teaching about the Christian believer building their life upon the solid foundation of God's Word
We are in treacherous times, and more than ever before we need to get our lives completely lined up with the Word of God. We need to get all of our ducks in a row, and connect all of the dots and keep them connected. We are in the last of the last days and time is getting ever so short. The trump could sound at any moment, and each Christian needs to always be ready and prepared. We need to build our spiritual house upon the Rock, and that Rock is Jesus and His Word, which are one and the same. The Bible makes it very clear that not everyone who names the name of Jesus will be a part of the eternal body of Christ. We must not take our walk with the Lord lightly. We as believers are to be obedient to the Word. There are going to be many who will be left behind for the Tribulation because they never developed a love for the Truth (The Word). (See 2 Thessalonians 2:10). We cannot be among such people. We must be overcomers, those who walk in The Word everyday. Those who align their selves with the Word as a lifestyle, not just a Sunday morning routine. Matthew 7:21-27 says "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord', shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness! 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: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."
So here in this parable that Jesus gave, we have two types of people. The wise and the foolish. The wise man or woman builds his or her house upon the Rock. They build their lives upon the very Word of God. They spend time in God's presence, in prayer, and in reading the Bible. The wise man or woman hears the Word of God and they are obedient to do what it says to the best of their ability. The wise are sold out to Christ, and are not moved by anything or anyone. They have an unshakeable faith. They build their house on the solid foundation of God's Word, and they know their authority in Christ. On the other hand, we have the foolish man or woman. The foolish are disobedient. They listen to the lies of the devil such as false doctrine. You can show them the truth, but they ignore it and cling to their deceptions. And when the enemy comes at them, they are powerless and they become defeated. If you notice in the passages in Matthew chapter 7 that we looked at, Jesus never denied that they did all those things in His name, such as prophesying and casting out demons. Those are things that we as believers are to do absolutely. The thing is, they were doing some of the things of the kingdom, but yet they were doing it for the praises of men, and not God, They were going through the motions of being a Christian, but never truly established a relationship with God. You see, you can have the anointing upon your lives, and even do mighty miracles in Jesus name, but if you have a wrong heart toward the things of God, and are picking and choosing what you do and don't want to believe in the Word, then you can be shut out of God's kingdom. Once saved always saved is a false doctrine. We must be obedient Christians. There are sons of obedience and sons of disobedience, and only the sons of obedience are going to be a part of the Glorification and Rapture of the church. (See Ephesians 2:1-3, & Colossians 3:5-11).
Those who are wise Christians - those who build their house upon the Rock of the Word, will be a part of the eternal body of Christ who will be glorified and raptured, and will sit with Jesus on His throne ruling and reigning as Kingdom Government over the nations. (See Isaiah 9:6-7, & Revelation 3:21-22). You cannot afford to be complacent, or apathetic. This is serious business folks. All eternity is at stake. Proverbs 3:35 says "The wise shall inherit glory, But shame shall be the legacy of fools". Do you want your legacy to be one of shame? Do you want to be left behind to face the horrors of the Great Tribulation? Do you really want to risk hearing Jesus say to you, "I never knew you, depart from me"? Well, its your decision to make. Life is all about choices. And its our choices that will determine if we will be a part of God for all eternity. The foolish man or woman will miss their place in the Rapture, but the wise shall hear, well done good and faithful child - enter into the kingdom. Like I said, you must make the choice for yourself. You must decide to take your relationship with God seriously. You must decide to build your house upon the solid foundation of God's Word. You cannot afford to grow lukewarm or cold. That only brings disastrous results. In fact God has a very blunt and straightforward statement about those who are lukewarm. Lets read in Revelation 3:14-22: "And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing --- and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked-- I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."