|Matthew 16:18||Apr 18, ’08 1:44 PM|
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.
(Matthew 16.18 NRSV)
Many years ago, the world stood shocked to learn that the former President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos, and his wife, Imelda, had amassed a personal fortune. During his 20year reign, while their country was devastated by poverty, the Marcos family’s wealth grew to between 5 and 10 billion dollars. And yet with a 5 to 10billiondollar empire, they had no place to set it because no country on the face of God’s globe wanted them. That’s what happens when your life is built on sand.
The other side of that coin is that we can build our lives on the rock. I am reminded of the passage where Jesus asked that impetuous fisherman, Simon Peter, "Who do you say that I am?" Simon answered, "You are the Christ, the son of the Living God." Do you recall what our Lord’s response was? "You are right Simon Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church." I submit to you that the rock on which Jesus Christ builds His church is the same rock on which He intends us to build our lives. "On Christ the solid rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand."
Dear Jesus, remind me often to build my life on the rock of your salvation. Amen.