We R Rocking!
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-27
Everybody is aware of tragedy. We have had tragedy here in Detroit, we have seen bad times in our country with this recent depression. Here in Detroit we have seen violence, houses torn down and neighborhoods wrecked by gangs. And in a very real and physical sense, we have seen tore down houses and lives wrecked. Here on the west side there are abandoned houses and dilapidated houses that we all have seen that have collapsed.
But here in this passage Jesus isn’t talking about houses made of wood, stones, bricks, or steel. He’s talking about your house, your life, your soul. Jesus is stressing the point that you must be anchored to withstand the storms of life.
Jesus has just given a very important truth that we each need to remember before the storms come. Most of us, wait until it gets bad and then take advil and hope it gets better. But here Christ tells us to stand on the Rock and that being firmly planted on the Rock will save us from the storms.
It’s immeasurably important that we take Jesus seriously. If you decide not to, then you are not really a follower of Jesus. You are just an observer, not a disciple. A guest not a friend. That is why so many people are not excited about Jesus as many others are. For if you recognize that the rock you stand on saves you, you’re more than just grateful…you’re rejoicing, you’re repenting, you’re rebelling against the status quo, you’re being reformed, you’re radical to your peers but because of Christ you are real, relaxed and relevant.
This is why we Rock!
The City Church breaks the mold. We try to get you out of your comfort level you have had with your spiritual life… get ready …for if you are really a disciple than today you should be jacked! Everyday you should be rocking! For when you are planted on the rock, life doesn’t suck! Storms won’t blow you over for long, because heaven is where your going, Jesus is who you are with and you have something to shout about! You have a reason to dance, a reason to shout and a reason to Rock! In our society people get excited about clothes, money, the Grammy’s and sex…but what we should be excited about is Jesus.
For too long church has been a place where you try to not fall asleep while singing songs written 300 years ago to a beat that the Lawrence Welk Show would use (some think LW is liberal). Today I want to give you two shouting reasons why you should be rocking and why you should be shouting right now!
Jesus saves you during the storms.
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
Here Jesus reminds us that if we are planted on him, the storms won’t defeat us. Yes, storms will come but you can have victory through Jesus. Sadly, many people do not have victory because they have put their faith in a shaky foundation. Knowing your foundation is firm, knowing God is real, knowing God cares about me…makes me shout! It makes me jump when I sing songs like “God reigns!” So lets try something here, if your excited that God knows your name shout! If your thrilled that Jesus saves you from the storms jump and shout! Dance why don’t you!
We as people get excited about sales, food and football games. But we should get even more excited and more pumped about Jesus keeping us safe from the things that would wreck our lives and our faith in him.
Jesus gives strength for future storms.
And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Jesus said that it’s the wise person who listens and obeys his words. The foolish person ignores them and ends up having their faith and their life crash around them. But a wise person cannot only find security in the midst of the storm, not only gain strength to face future storms, but can also gain wisdom in learning from the storm. Wisdom that can help others weather the storms as they have.
Knowing that I have strength from God for future storms gives me peace, but also makes me very happy. I am not worrying about others, tomorrow or them…I have Jesus baby! Wow! That’s why in worship I put my hands up! I lift it up! Try it! That’s why I clap, that’s why I get emotional, because it’s real to me. Now I understand that for some, your more laid back and calm…thats ok, you’ll get it. Start clapping, then start dancing, then start jumping, get a bounce in your step from Jesus. Get your Jesus groove on this week.
So change your perspective this week. Change your step this week. Praise more, smile more, worship with excitement and awe. Do some shouting, dance like David, jump like Elijah…start singing until you start rocking on the rock. God reigns as King, He is our God, let us sing and shout it and tell it!