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How many of us have lived our lives to succeed according to the ways of this world, to prosper according to the world’s standards, to build up our bank accounts, to fill up our resumes, to be able to boast how greatly we have achieved our own dreams? How many of us have lived our lives as though they were castles in the sand, pouring our hearts and time and gifts into the things of this world so we can make our castles ever greater, ever grander, ever bigger, ever more noticeable, ever higher, ever taller as they reach ever upward into the sky?
Have you ever watched the waves of the sea come crashing down on top of a sand castle, crushing it, sweeping it off its feet, ruining it, before the waves recede boastfully back into the sea? No matter how hard a person works at building a castle in the sand, it inevitably will be overtaken by the rain, by storms, and by the sea. Jesus Christ warns us in the Bible that those who do not do the will of the Lord can be assured of a horrific fate.
He makes it utterly clear that professing Him as Lord is NOT enough. If we are living our lives for the pleasures of this world and by the ways of this world rather than believing in Jesus as Lord AND doing the will of God and living according to His ways, we are doing nothing more than building our lives as castles in the sand. But unlike a sand castle that will do nothing more than disappear and be forgotten as the weather and sea draw it away, we can rest assured our fate is eternity in hell forever separated from God if we choose to live our lives apart from faith in Christ and a life committed to living according to the ways of the Lord.
Is it time to make a change? Is it time to turn to the Lord?
Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Mat 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Mat 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
Mat 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
Mat 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.