I find it interesting that among these two vastly different groups of people, the following is equally true:
- Both are building houses
- Both hear the words of God
- Both are subjected to the rain, flood, and wind beating against their house
The outcome of each, lies wholly upon their elemental choice
In this narrative, Jesus places the responsibility of election squarely on the shoulders of each person.
As the saying goes, we live and die by the choices we make. If our lives are firmly founded on Christ and the principles and commands of His Word, we will prevail over the storm; no matter the intensity. Even when things happen outside of our control we have the ability, and the obligation, to chose how we will respond to these things. We are not victims of circumstance.
It is possible however, to be a Christian and not actively build your house on this firm foundation. However, we are not only to hear His words, but do them. Therefore, a true Christian cannot remain in this condition. Are you building your life on the solid rock of Christ? When the storms beat upon your house, will you stand firm in Him? Or will you simply collapse into your superficial foundation of sand, utterly ravaged and destroyed?
But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.James 1:22-25 NASB
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