Are you a good builder? In Luke 7:24-27, Jesus tells us that good builders build houses on good foundations, while bad builders are not so choosy. Foundations are important in building houses and lives. Good builders hear the word of God, and put it into practice. Their houses require a lot of labor and work, and are not built for looks alone. Although foundations can’t be seen, good builders dig down until rock is found and build their houses on the rock (Jesus Christ).

Bad builders hear the word of God, but don’t put it into practice. They are concerned about appearances, and build houses on surface values (sand). They don’t put a lot of labor or expense into them, but they look good and are admired by others.

Both houses look good for a while. Then storms (great events over which we have no control) come. In terms of houses, storms consist of wind, rain, and flood. In terms of human beings, storms consist of loss of employment, loss of loved ones through death or divorce, loss of hope, serious sickness, disability, depression, and death.

When the storms come, the houses with the good foundations stand strong and undamaged. The others are destroyed. What Jesus is telling us is hear the word of God, put it into practice, and your life will weather the storms. If you don’t put it into practice, expect disaster. Notice survival strength doesn’t come through only hearing, or even believing. It comes through doing.

What kind of foundation are our lives built on—hearing, believing, or doing? Only the doers are blessed!

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life.,