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9/15/2019 2:23:00 PM
Building Your Rock
Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is  10% what happens to you and  90% how you react to it.'

Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is 
10% what happens to you and 
90% how you react to it.'

Rev. Susan Smith Walker
Emanuel Reformed Church

Some of the most well-known passages in the Bible can be found in Matthew during the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus went up on a mountainside to teach his disciples many important lessons. He taught them about Godly blessings, we are salt and light, the fulfillment of the Law, the importance of reconciliation over retaliation, lust of the heart, adultery, making oaths, loving your enemies, Godly altruism, prayer, fasting, heavenly treasures, trusting God to provide, judge yourself not others, the Golden Rule, the narrow gate of life, and how to avoid false prophets. Jesus closed the Sermon on the Mount this way:

Matthew 7:24-27
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

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Here Jesus tells his disciples that foolish people will hear his message and walk away unchanged while wise people will hear his message and be willing to live by them. Those who are willing to live by them will have a spiritual foundation as strong as a rock that can withstand any storm. Life is a constant struggle of one storm after another. We need to be like the wise builders if we want the confidence of knowing the solid rock of Christ is strong enough to help us stand and not fall apart no matter what happens. That sounds good but how does it work?

I found out that rocks are made in three ways. Metamorphic rocks are formed by different kinds of rock coming together with great heat and pressure over a long time. Igneous rocks are formed by volcanoes that spew hot lava that cools and hardens over many years. Sedimentary rocks are formed when a river carries small rocks downstream where they settle on top of each other and after thousands of years they compact together and harden. This tells us that it takes a long time to make a rock and it isn’t easy.

In the same way, building our spiritual foundation on the rock of Christ takes time and it isn’t easy. It takes work and every time we choose to put his words into practice it adds a little more of what we need to create the spiritual rock upon which we can build a life that is storm proof. The longer we live and the more we put His words into practice, the bigger and stronger our spiritual foundation will become. The storm-proof spiritual foundation of Christ is formed over the course of our life by the way we live every day and we have the choice to put His words into practice or not.

Putting his words into practice is more than reading the Sermon on the Mount so study all four gospels and build on your spiritual foundation of rock today. When the next storm comes, you’ll be glad you did.

Rev. Walker is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church and she can be reached at 828-962-8196 or

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