Sunday, 13th July 2014
Rev Daniel Poon
There had been storms in Auckland in the past week, however Rev. Daniel told us that God had used this weather to inspire him to share about today’s scripture Matthew 7:24~29:
“24 ‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.’ 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.”
1. Two kinds of people – A wise man VS A foolish man
The world regards men with high qualification, power, money or great knowledge as “wise”. However, this is not what Jesus was talking about. Only those who hear His words and put them into practice are like wise men (verse 24). Rev. Daniel showed us 2 great examples from the Bible: Noah, who followed God’s every instruction to build the ark even when other people might all laugh at him (Genesis 6:22); and Mary, who humbled herself and said “I am the Lord’s servant” when she had learned from the angel that she would be pregnant as a virgin (Luke 1:38).
2. Two kinds of foundation – Rock VS Sand
We can all easily tell the difference between rock and sand. Rev. Daniel used a picture of rock and that of sand as comparison to show us what they symbolise in the scripture. The rock is strong and stable, representing the Word of God where our faith is based on, like Jesus Christ who never changes, God-centred which means loving others, and as people hear there will be practice. On the contrary, the foundation of sand is soft and weak, representing the unstable people doctrine, just like the ever-changing world trends, self-centred which means always thinking about own self first, and as people hear there will be no practice.
3. Two kinds of results
At this point we can clearly see the results from the above two situations. The house built on the rock stood firm during tough weather, but the house built on the sand fell quickly into the flood when there was storm. Why do some people still build their “houses” on the “sand”? Because compared to the rock, which is hard and will take us longer time to work on, the sand is soft and easy to dig and thus fast to build things on. Rev. Daniel gave us a question to reflect on, “Which way is truly beneficial for us?” Is it the easy way – which is like building house on the sand, or the God’s way – which is like building on the rock, taking time and effort to study the word of God and pray everyday?
At the end of the sermon Rev. Daniel urged us not to take the short-cut but build up our faith firmly on the solid foundation. He shared a Bible verse to encourage us:
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” – Isaiah 26:3