Building a Strong Relationship with Christ: The Foundation - Matthew 7:24-27

As we dive into this month’s Bible study lets take a quick look at Matthew 7:24-27:

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; andyet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.  Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” (NASB)

This is a passage that, if you’ve been a believer very long, you’ve probably heard preached or referenced many times.  And why not, it is a great passage for those looking to start and build on the journey in Christ!

If you have ever been a part of a construction project or a remodel job you know that nearly everything you do to repair or improve a building is always going to be subject to the quality of the foundation that you are building upon.  A foundation and frame that is crumbly or non-existent will never provide a good base for any development – no matter how grand your plan may be.

So it is with our walk with the Lord.  Jesus makes it pretty plain that anyone who hears His words and does not act on them is as foolish as someone who builds a house on a sandy or a weak foundation.  They may make their life and family look perfect to us and seem to be a “super-Christian”.  No matter how impressive they appear, any little ol’ storm will bring them crashing down.

In contrast, Jesus says that if you hear His words and act on them you are like one who built his house on the rock (the most solid foundation you can have).  I love the way that the NASB translates this passage because it not only emphasizes hearing Jesus’ words or the Bible but it also emphasizes putting them into action. We aren’t to simply study the Word of God (although that is a great place to start) we are to live out the Word of God.  We are to make it a part of our daily life.

Over the next few months’ studies we’ll be taking a candid look at our personal relationships with Christ.  You might be thinking, “what’s he talking about…I’ve got a great relationship with Christ.  Me and Jesus are like peanut butter and jelly.”  If that’s true then boy are you blessed.  More than likely you are in the boat with me where you know that there are areas of your life and specifically your relationship with Christ that need to improve. 

At the foundation of this study is (you guessed it) Jesus own words.  We’ll be looking at Jesus’ letters to the seven churches of Asia Minor found in Revelation 2 and 3.  These letters were written to the pastors of seven literal first century churches as both confirmation and correction of the individual church’s relationship with Christ at the time.  He was judging their heart and how it affected their relationship with Him.

As we study these seven letters it should become obvious that each one of us falls into at least one (maybe more) category of heart attitudes that Jesus rebuked. The awesome thing that we’ll see is that Jesus Himself gives us the solution to overcoming those attitudes and the key to building a great relationship with Him.

I hope you’ll join me next month as we start this study.  Until then I encourage you to inspect the foundation in your life and, if possible, study the seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3.