Hello friends, family, and newcomers! We are in the process of purchasing and renovating a building to have a permanent home for our church family and to serve the city of Seattle. This week, we started a new series to reflect on topic of Building This House (because, though a permanent home is good, we are first and foremost a people of God, regardless of a physical space. No matter where we meet – and Mosaic has met in 14 different venues since its birth – we will always be Jesus’ church, and a family that looks to him in every season and every space.
Matthew 7:24-27: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
In this passage, there are two immediate takeaways at face value:
- There are going to be storms. Hardship is inevitable in this life; it is guaranteed by the Word.
- And, we have two options for the way in which we live our lives: we can obey God, or we can disobey God.
As we delve further into this passage, however, we come to understand that there are three foundations on which we can choose to build our lives:
- A life built on morality (and, very likely, hypocrisy and judgment because we are imperfect by nature).
- A life built on immorality: sensuality, personal desire and fulfillment, selfishness.
- A life built on grace. This is how Jesus calls us to live! As His disciples, we are to build a life upon the foundation of His love, His mercy, His name, rather than our own good works (or, morality).The only foundation that will last is the grace of God.
However, this doesn’t mean we are okay with sin, and it doesn’t mean we can justify immorality. It means we must fix our eyes on God – on His goodness – and not our own.
Because we are people, and therefore imperfect, we tend to have idols of immorality (for example, money or sex) and morality (for example, as Andrew Bach shared, productivity). When we have idols of morality, we feel better about ourselves when we do acts of good. But what we need more than anything – far more than doing good works, or making ourselves or our lives better – is to meet with God and receive His gift of grace.
Ephesians 2:19-21: “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.”
Whatever we are tempted to build our lives on – whether idols or morality or immorality – we must instead receive our identities from Jesus. He is the cornerstone, and the foundation is God’s grace. As we build this house, let our new building (the physical manifestation of our roots in this city) be a space of grace and not a space of moral or immoral works. Let us be a people that loves everyone that enters because He first loved us.
Matthew 7:24-27; Ephesians 2:19-21
- When the inevitable hardships and storms of our lives come, where do you run to?
- Have you chosen to building your life on morality, immorality, or grace?
- What are the idols that you find easily try to rob the foundation of grace in your life?