On the Big Rock
Devotional by Jon Selin

Archimedes famously said, “Give me a place to stand and I shall move the world.”  He was referring to the effectiveness of the lever.  We who are in Christ have a lever of our own, it is the Gospel.  There is power in it to change hearts and minds and set people free from sin and death, but where is our place to stand?  In Luke 6:46-49 it says:

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?  I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice.  He is 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.  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.”

The firm ground to stand on comes when we put the words of Jesus into practice.  It gives us firm footing which will allow us to weather the storms of life and to be faithful in sharing the Gospel.  The Gospel is the good news that no matter what we have done or thought, God’s grace is enough.  It says that there is no one who has gone too far.  Can we hide from God?  Is there anyone beyond His reach?  No!  That is why it is good news.  In addition to that there is nothing we can do to earn it.  It has nothing to do with our merit, but rests on God’s unchanging character, and he has chosen to pursue us.  Therein lies the power of our “lever,” it is from God and to God and through God.

Gospel living does not depend on good circumstances.  Those transformed by the Gospel have joy and peace regardless of the circumstances of life at any given time.  This provides the freedom to make choices not based on how we feel at the time, but on what we know to be true and right.  This freedom leads to firm footing because when we make choices this way we are building on rock.  This is good news.

Doing what Jesus says is the key to firm footing.  Now this is not an easy or simple task as some may say.  It is a task which will cost us everything (See Luke 14:25-34).  If you want easy, join the multitude on the broad path and build on the dirt.  If you want better, look for the narrow path that leads to life and a firm foundation. This well-built house does not move even though the torrent strikes.  It cannot shake the house.

Reflection Questions:

Quiet you heart and mind and thoughtfully answer these questions.

  • What kind of house are you building?
  • When floods come what happens to your “house”?
  • Are you able to make the Gospel known by how you live and what you say?
  • Do you make choices based on how you feel or based on what you know and believe?
  • Have you counted the cost? Have you considered the great reward of paying this price?

In Christ,
Jon Selin