Writer Amy Pye said, “We can find peace knowing that as we listen to and obey Jesus, He forms a strong foundation for our lives. We can strengthen our love for him through reading the Bible, praying and learning from other Christians. Then when we face the torrents of rain lashing against us — whether betrayal, pain, or disappointment — we can trust that our foundation is solid.”
Now Community, it’s important to have a solid foundation in life, my community family, we don’t have to be blown around like the wind we don’t have to be tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine that comes along (Ephesians 4:14).
We don’t have to be crybabies and every little thing should not bother us, we shouldn’t be running from church to church every other year trying to find the perfect church. Every trial that we face should not break us completely down, every wave that beat against us should not move us from where we are, every time we hear bad news we shouldn’t just lose it!
Every time somebody does something that inflicts pain on us when they know that they are doing it shouldn’t cause us to stay home from church. Sometimes our problems are not the problem, the problem sometimes is we need to ROCK. This morning we know that some people can’t take anything! And some cry over everything you all know that some fall apart at the least amount of resistance but community, we can’t make it if we don’t ROCK.
You all know how we are when we want something to keep something from moving we look for a rock. When we want something that will anchor down we look for a rock, the rock represents that which is sturdy, solid, unmovable and stands regardless to what comes against it — a bullet won’t break it, the strongest wind won’t shake it, the hardest rain won’t move it and if we throw ourselves against the rock we will get hurt but the rock itself will not get hurt.
Now all of us whether we realize it or not have our own rock that which we look to to hold us together when times are not so good. We all have that which we look to when times get tough or when something happens unexpectantly or when we just need an anchor — some look to alcohol, others look to drugs, to some their husband or wife is their rock, to others it’s their best friend, some look to their parents, and believe it or not but some parents look to their children, some look to their money for stability, some look to their 401k, we all have our rock.
And if you don’t know what your rock is, look at what you do and where you go when something bad happens where is the first place you turn, where do you run when there’s a storm on the horizon? I say emphatically this morning to all of us that when the right thing comes along we don’t know what we will do! Think that we are mentally strong and all that but some things can shake the very foundation on which we stand, but I promise, that if you ROCK in Jesus you won’t ROLL.
Jesus asked the question “Why call me, Lord, Lord, and don’t do the things I say (Luke 6:46)? Now why did Jesus say this? He said it because he knows that only if we do what He tells us to do will we build a foundation for our spiritual walk with Him.
In other words he is saying “If you do what I tell you to do, you can “rock” and when the storms come you won’t roll!” he said “Whosoever comes to me, and hears my sayings (or read my word), and does them, I will show you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built his house, and dug deep, and laid the foundation on a rock and when the flood arose, the stream beat very hard against that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock (Luke 6:47-49).
Now this explains why some people can be in the deepest valley and still maintain, while others fall apart at the seam this explains community, why some can lose everything and still worship and praise God, while others lose it over the least little thing. Why some keep it together, while others fall to pieces…Community, the word of God is like medicine, it only works when you take it.
It’s like hearing the preached word on Sunday morning and then walk out the door and forget everything that you’ve heard! Or after you do hear it, you don’t do what it says.
To build on sand means to give Christ lip service but don’t obey his will. Community, we don’t know what tomorrow may hold, there may be a fire, tornado, cyclone or hurricane headed our way, dig deep into the word of God and obey what it says. Rock down in the word, and I promise you that while others are falling you’ll be still standing, while others are feeling sorry for themselves you’ll still have joy. While others are sitting up in church with no worship or praise, you’ll still be giving thanks, while others are giving up, you’ll still be going on, while others are falling apart, you’ll still keep it together.
In other words community “if you ROCK you won’t roll!”
The Rev. George Ellis is pastor of Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church.