Last night a line of strong storms came through Nashville. We live in a cozy little house, and the wind and thunder rattled our windows and shook our floors. When the tornado warning came, our little family of five crammed into the bathtub, hunkered down scared. A few minutes later, we waited for the rain to left off a smidgen, and ran for cover to our neighbors' huge fortress. The atmosphere immediately changed when we arrived. Their strong walls and floors didn't rattle or shake, and we no longer heard rain beating the house. Fear left as quick as it came.
Matthew 7:24-27 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
Just like the story in Matthew, and the story of my house versus my neighbors. If we don't build our lives on Jesus, our lives will crash. Church Planting and pastoring is hard. The wind and waves come. Trust me, in my short five years of ministry I have had more rain and wind hitting my house than I can count. My husband always tells those who want to go into ministry and plant a church, "if you can find satisfactory in anything else, then do it! Ministry is the hardest thing you will ever do."
Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.
Where some fail, is when they start building it upon themselves (sand.) They desire the next hip worship band, or try to be the next Stephen Furtick or Christine Caine. But we must realize we can't build our ministry on making something of ourselves and making a name for the church we are called to. If we do that, we will be another statistic. Our houses and ministry will crash.
We have to start building on the rock, Jesus says he is the rock. Build your life and ministry on Jesus, so when the wind and rain comes, you stand strong. The moment Jesus isn't the rock, will be the moment the devil knocks down your house.
Build your house on solid ground.
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor