And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great (Luke 6:46-49)
As we examine the divergence between the wise and foolish builders, we readily detect the wise builder is he who hears the Word of God and then acts on what he hears. As such, he is building his house (life) upon a solid, unshakable rock. When the storms of life come to his house, it cannot be shaken. Not so, the foolish builder. The house he constructs is likened to a house built on sand, which suffers devastating ruin when the raging storm comes to his sand castle." (See articles: Building an Unshakable House; Wisdom: The Rock of Stability)
Although this parable seems like a simple message, it encompasses a deep truth a truth that is very important in the context of Christian living. We learn that it matters greatly how we choose to build our spiritual lives; that we cannot afford to be unwise and foolish builders!
The Deeper Spiritual Life
As you might expect, within this parable that Jesus taught, we find a valuable insight concerning the wise builder: he dug and went down deep as he built his house. In building the foundation of our Christian life, it is vital for us to go deep in our relationship with God. Going deep in God ensures that the foundation we build will be unshakable and therefore, secure from devastating ruin.
Far too many Christians are content with a nominal, just get by life, having little or even no inclination toward the deeper spiritual life. For these, satisfaction comes in merely knowing they are born again, and their eternal destination is heaven. Within their hearts is no craving or cry for more of God. How foolish! What we do in this life affects our future state in eternity.
When we stand face to face with our Beloved, all that we attained, and all that we acquired, will pale in comparison to the one and only thing which really mattered: the relationship we had with Him in our earth life. The question we must concern ourselves with today is: Am I following hard after the Lord and the great realities of the eternal realm, or am I caught up with the distractions and pleasures of this life?
How wise the Believer who passionately longs to go deeper in God! (See article: The Longing Soul).
Consider the words of King David in Psalms 63:1-5, 8, O God, You are my God; earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land, where no water is; So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. So will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips, My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.
This passage echoes the holy desperation of one who longs to be drawn into the depths of God. As we can see from this passage, thirsting after God is a paramount issue for God seekers. I love the desperation found in Psalms 42:1-2: As the hart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God. My inner self thirsts for God, for the living God .". This intense thirst implies a fervent cry of, God, I want You above anything or anyone else.
One of the greatest blessings we can experience in our spiritual journey is thirst. You see, thirsting after God takes us to places in Him that nothing else can. Thirst will lead us beyond our present experience right into the depths of God. It is in our thirsting after God, that we are enabled to set aside the things of this earthly life, and abandon ourselves to a passionate pursuit of seeking after Him.
In my prayer time this morning, out of my spirit came these words, Wise women seek the Lord."
How true! I can testify to the fact that there is nothing that will bring us greater spiritual increase than that of seeking (to strive after; to make pursuit; covet earnestly; to pursue with ones deepest longings) after God with our whole being. Seeking after the Lord is the God-ordained way of deepening our relationship with Him.
Seeking After God
Our Heavenly Bridegroom longs for our fellowship, and therefore, is looking for a Bride, who will embrace His call by intensely seeking after Him with her whole heart. Psalms 53:2 states, God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any who understood, who sought, inquired after [and desperately required] God.
In Song of Solomon, the Shulamite maiden (a picture of the Bride of Christ) is being drawn into a deeper relationship with her bridegroom. He calls to her, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away (Song of Solomon 2:10). Her response is that of searching for her lover: All night long...I looked for the one my heart loves; I looked for him but did not find him (Song of Solomon 3:1 NIV).
At first, the maiden could not find her lover. However, that did not hinder her from searching for him. Her aching heart could not be stilled. She must have the desire of her heart and therefore, she continued to seek him (even in the midst of obstacles) for such is the way of love. Her persistence paid off; she finally found her beloved and said, I found him who my soul loves. I held him, and would not let him go (Song of Solomon 3: 4).
This is a beautiful and accurate portrait of the seeking Bride of Christ. For the Bride of Christ, there is nothing or no one more precious to her than the Lover of her soul. She will not tolerate being apart from her Beloved. In the very core of her being, she cries to be one with her Lover. This cry is with her when she goes to bed, and with her when she awakens. It stays with her all the day long. No one but her Lover will satisfy her longing heart. She wants more of Him than she has ever before experienced. She wants a relationship with her Beloved that defies logic and lifts her into the supernatural realm of the eternal. She wants to drink from the rivers of Gods pleasures and bask in the glory of His love.
Compelled by a lovesick heart, the Bride of Christ will endure all obstacles that arise, even making sacrifices to find the Lover of her soul. She clings to His promise that if she seeks after Him relentlessly, He will be found of her (Jeremiah 29:13, 14).
Deep Calling To Deep
In Psalms 42:7, we find these riveting words: Deep calleth unto deep... (KJV). There is a deep in God that is forever calling to those who desire a deeper relationship with Him.
Never become satisfied with the depth you have in God. There is always more; much more than your present experience. There is a river of pleasure that God has reserved for those who have a holy desperation and spiritual passion for more of Him.
As you follow hard after your Beloved, keep this in mind: God knows every movement of your heart toward Him. Forever, He will regard the sacrifices you make to be with Him. In time, you may forget about the pleasures of this life that you abandoned in order to pursue the Lover of your soul, however,He never forgets!
Be persistent in your pursuit! Dont give up in your seeking. Your unrelenting quest for the depths of God is precious in His eyes. It moves His heart beyond anything you can imagine.