When was the last time you built an 8 million dollar home? When was the last time you built an 8 million dollar home and found it to be uninhabitable because of shoddy workmanship?
That is exactly what happened to actress Sandra Bullock and her new dream home in Austin, TX. After years of waiting and just a few nights in the home, she has moved out and sued the builders for shoddy work. She plans to demolish the house and start over.
Reading that account reminded me of a story I had come across years ago. A major contractor was taking an extended trip to Europe. He gave his foreman a million dollars to build a house. One of the conditions of building the house, was that whatever savings the foreman could accrue in the construction would be his. Well, the foreman skimped in many areas of the construction and saved almost half the amount he had been allotted. When the owner of the company returned from Europe, he looked over the house and received the foreman’s report. The foreman was quite proud of how well he had done, not actually telling the owner about the quality of materials – or lack there of – used in building the house.
When the tour was finished, the owner was true to his word, but instead of writing the foreman a check for what he had saved, he simply handed him the key and said, “Here, the house is yours.”
At the closing of Jesus’ sermon on the mount, he said that those who hear his words and fail to incorporate them in their life will be like someone building a shoddy house with an unstable foundation. Those people who hear AND do what he has been teaching will be like the one who builds their house on a solid, unmovable foundation.
Make no mistake, we are builders. Each one who claims the name of Christ is a builder – a builder for life. As such, we either hear and not do, or hear and do. We can skimp or we can give our very best. Either way, one day, Jesus is going to hand us the key and say, “Here, the house is yours!”
“Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.
But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:46-49 ESV)