Rock or Sand

By: Steve Becker

Matthew 7:24, 26

Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on rock… 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.  

 

I want to share about two young men with whom I used to work who are living out the truth of Christianity in some very challenging times.  They are building their lives on the rock and putting his truth into practice.

The company I worked for is owned by a man who wants to build the kingdom of God in our workplace.  This has been no simple task, but we’ve purposefully worked to create a place where we and others can be Christ.

We actively recruited young people who offered leadership potential.  We recruited people, not Christians.  However, it seemed like the Lord often sent us Christians.  Charlie and Jason are two young men who joined us.

Charlie has been a member of our Challenge Group for years.  He’s serious about living out his faith and values the support and accountability we provide each other.  When Jason was hired, Charlie invited him to our Challenge Group.  He fit right in.

Last year, Charlie discovered his 27-year old wife, mother to their 7-month old daughter, had contracted a rare form of cancer during pregnancy that had spread to her lungs. 

Jason found out a week later that his father, who had struggled with drug addiction for decades, overdosed and died.  The funeral was delayed until his brother’s release from prison.  The following weekend, his aunt was in a horrific accident and fell into a coma.

These young men are living out the truth of God amidst the harsh reality of life.  They have a relationship with a real person who is working in, through and around them to bring forth his kingdom.  They are experiencing the kingdom of God in their workplace.

Charlie’s desire is that God would be glorified through his trials.  Jason wants to be Christ in his own situation.  Both are very human and struggling as we all would, but living out their faith.  They are not doing it alone. 

We prayed for Charlie’s wife at our company meeting.  Jason went to Charlie after his father’s death.  They prayed together.  Jason stopped by my office a number of times for prayer. 

All this happened amidst some of the most challenging business times we’ve experience.  The kingdom of God is at work, and I mean it both ways.

 

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Let us stand upon and practice the promise in Matthew 7 for those who build their houses on rock: The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.