(Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:46-49)
How wonderful it would have been to live in Jesus' time,
To sit at Jesus' feet and hear His words of truth sublime!
For no one taught as Jesus taught when He was here on earth,
Yet now we still may heed His words and recognize their worth.
"Whoever hears my words," He said, "and lives by them as well,
Is like a man who built a house in which he planned to dwell,
Because he was a prudent man, he built on solid rock,
So that whatever storm might come, it could withstand the shock.
His foresight proved well justified, for when the storm did come,
The raging wind and rain and flood could not destroy that home.
The solid base on which it stood enabled it to stand
Against the fiercest elements, just as its builder planned.
But he who hears the Word of Truth, and does not pay good heed,
Is like a man who built on sand, and foolish was indeed;
The house he built with such a base so recklessly and rash,
When wind and rain and flood struck hard, fell with a mighty crash."
Dear reader, do not build your life without a solid base,
But look to Jesus as you build, and seek His sovereign grace.
The parables within this book reveal His will for you,
Each one a precious building stone, for all His words are true.
Copyright 1995, Frederick Milton.
(Used With Permission)