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“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.” Luke 16:46-49

All of us are builders, each day we are building our lives, and we are also involved in building the lives of our families and friends. Building our lives on Jesus is like building our lives on a rock. It takes time and effort. But we need to understand that in every life there will come storms. There will come trials and tribulations. There will be difficulties and hardships.

Jesus never promised an easy life to his followers. He was very honest to his followers and told them that “I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!” John 16:33 (NRSV). Because Jesus overcame the world, through him, we too can overcome the world and any trials and tribulations.

Jesus does not describe any difference between the skills and resources of the two builders. The only difference is where each one chose to build their house. The person who built a house on the ground without a foundation was shortsighted and foolish. His concern seemed to be on the present and on getting the house built quickly. He was able to build his house quicker and easier, but without the necessary foundation, he lost everything in the storm.

Dearly beloved in Christ, as many of our children are starting a new academic year, we need to uphold them in prayers. They will face many challenges and temptations. They may be tempted to take the “the gate (that) is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, (Matthew 7:12)” because others are doing it. We have to pray that God grant them the Grace to take “the gate (that) is narrow and the road (that) is hard” because this is the road that leads to life, “and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13)” We have to pray that they build their lives on the Rock, that they build their lives on Jesus and obey his word.

Yours in Christ’s Service,

Rev. Shibi Abraham

September 2017