I remember when I was 8 years-old my dad, granddad, great uncle and a few other men built our home. I grew up on a couple hundred acres in West Texas where it was still common for the men to get together and build a house. A few subs were brought in along the way, but for the most part these men built the home that my Dad still lives into today. I remember living in a trailer next to the house while it was being built, and I still have a very vivid memory of those men pouring the foundation. It seemed like it was visible for a long time. We would run on it, play on it, and even got to do a hand-print in the corner. I watched the men use large machinery to dig deep before they poured that foundation.
We don’t want to take the time to dig deep these days. We want to dig quickly and efficiently and go about our life. Jesus says that the one who believes in Himself and puts that belief into practice is, “… like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.”(Luke 6:48) If the metaphor is a little too obscure, Jesus even gives us a framework for one who believes. “Everyone who comes to Me and hears my words and acts on them.” (v. 47) Do you see the progression. Jesus desire is that we would come to Him, often, thoughout the day, all day. He desires that we could hear his words, words that He speaks through the Scripture, through his own speaking to us, through others. And finally, that we would act on the words that we hear. If we will do this, consistently, then Jesus tells us we cannot be shaken.