Brad Phillips


The words of Jesus recorded in Luke 6:46-49 contrast two types of people—the wise and the foolish.

 “46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

 Seems kind of simple and straight forward doesn’t it? Listen to the words of Jesus, put them into practice have a strong foundation for life. Ignore the words of Jesus—prepare for destruction. The choice is yours I suppose.

 Building a house properly requires a strong foundation. Building our lives is no different. There are many things people choose to build their lives upon. We build upon ourselves, our abilities, our own pride and self confidence. We build upon pleasure and entertainment. We build upon our spouses or significant others. We build upon political ideals or social causes. Any number of things can serve as our foundation but if that foundation is not Jesus Christ, it is in danger of collapsing.

 Mainers are known for their resourcefulness and independent spirit. We embrace our freedom and desire perhaps more than others at times, to do things “our way.” It’s a blessing and a curse. To find true freedom we must embrace submission and that submission to the will and way of the Lord Jesus Christ. Not long ago I saw a post on Facebook from a young man who shared in video form his testimony of deliverance from addiction by participating in the Arise Addiction Recovery program. In short, Jesus Christ has set him free. I was struck by a comment someone left under his post. The commenter was happy that the young man had found freedom from drug use but thought it was “too bad” that Jesus had to be involved.


Friends, let me make this as clear as possible—JESUS HAS TO BE INVOLVED. He has to be the foundation. Every part of your life needs to be built upon Him. No matter what shape your life is in today, it is not too late to rebuild it with Jesus Christ as YOUR foundation. If you would let him, He would transform your life into something you may have never thought possible. I encourage you, even beg you, to submit to Him. Place your hope and trust in the only one who truly can save and set free. Build your life upon the rock of Jesus Christ.