Justin thought that this was a great message to share with all of you, but since the message was so valuable to me… he thought that it would be more fitting for me to send it out. We hope that at least one of our readers finds this message as useful as we did.
The message, entitled “The Frustrations of Real Love”, was delivered by Phil Dooley on July 21st 2013. It centred around Luke 6: 46-49.
46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”
In this verse we see that Jesus almost sounds frustrated because he tells the people what to do, but they just don’t do it. One could say that it almost sounds as if he falls into a manipulative pattern that a wife might have with her husband, or her kids, “If you don’t do this… then I’m going to…”. Sadly, this view point is based on false teachings. It is a lie that bad things happen only to people who do bad things.
It is important to remember that everything that God says is motivated by his love for us. He encourages us to do the right things so that things in our lives go better. How we decide to live our life before a storm will affect how we live our life during a storm. Storms WILL come to everyone, so Jesus wants us to live in a way that prepares us for a storm by having deep/ firm foundations.
People only care about the “outer appearance”, but no one sees the foundational aspect of our lives. Jesus is trying to encourage us to have firm foundations. Our motivation should be his love, not just how everyone else sees us! Things (relationships/ situations) in life come crashing down quickly when we least expect it, when they have no depth, and therefore no strength. We need to understand that our value is more than just material/ physical things. If we realise this, then when the storm hits, we won’t fall apart when we lose “everything” (ie. worldly possessions).
We live in an instantaneous society where we simply do not have patience to wait for anything. But the truth is that sometimes good things take time! If we let God build the foundations, and TRUST Him, then He will do amazing things. God knows our deepest desires, and He also knows what is best for us.
What we build on is EITHER faith in Him, or fear of missing out! So, if we want to build on the right things then we have to get into God’s Word. Trust that He is speaking to us. Trust that He loves us. Trust that He’s got the very best for us in mind. And therefore, we do not have to worry, compete, or compare!! God is not trying to manipulate us into doing anything – He simply just loves us!
So the most important thing to do is to trust and just WAIT…
Wait because it is sooo going to be worth it. Let God build the foundations of your life, and to build them DEEP, so that He can build something really tall, really significant, and really to His glory. With that type of foundation you WILL endure, because we allow His love to be the thing that motivated us more than any other opinion or way or thinking.