Weighing the Options

Think with me about life. After all is said and done, there are really only two options for how we live. We can live for ourselves, our families, our friends, and whatever pleasure and satisfaction we can squeeze out of our brief time on earth. The Bible likens this to a foolish man who builds his house on sand. A few years and a few pleasures, lots of problems, and our house sinks into the sand of eternal suffering. On the other hand, the one who builds his house (his life) on a solid-rock foundation, faith in Jesus as his Savior and Lord, has abundant life here and now. He has help with all of the hard things in life, a wonderful personal relationship; meaning, purpose, joy, peace and a glorious “forever” to come! Well, you might ask: “What if that’s all an illusion?” The one who asks that question might well ask himself that if his own approach to life is foolish, where does that leave him?! Jesus, in Matthew 7:24-27, put it this way: “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”  Edward Mote understood and wrote this timeless hymn, “The Solid Rock.” It describes the response of the one who is truly wise: “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand. When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace; in ev’ry high and stormy gale my anchor holds within the veil. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand. His oath, His covenant, His blood support me in the ‘whelming flood; when all around my soul gives way He then is all my hope and stay. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.When He shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in Him be found, dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.” Selah! The foolish man will experience eternal loss; the wise man, by comparison, would lose little, if he was wrong, but he will gain forever because he is truly wise.   Ron

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2 thoughts on “Weighing the Options

  1. GREAT article. I don’t know if you were aware or not, but for 20 years I held weekly Bible studies at the Oxford County Jail. One time an inmate asked me that very question, “What if it is all an illusion and when you die, there is nothing?” I know it was the Holy Spirit, because I’m not smart enough to think of the answer I gave him. “What if it’s not an illusion and it’s all true. If it is an illusion, I’ve lost nothing, but if it is true, then you’ve lost everything and will end up in hell.” Your article reminded me of the occasion many years ago. Thanks. Dallas

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