Sandy Cape Real Estate

Today’s faithful daily read is  Luke 6:46-49.

Only Jesus’ words are secure enough to anchor your life to!

Nothing complicated about this parable. No great decoding required. We ‘get it’ in the same time it takes to read it. And yet…

…it can take a lifetime of fighting it to learn how profound it is.

…it can take a lifetime of flirting with the world to appreciate just how weak the world’s value system is.

…it can take a lifetime to learn NOT to buy off the plans when the ad reads ‘Sandy Cape Real Estate: Glamorous life-castles on the beach. Knock down prices!’.

The world is nothing more than a shonky real estate developer selling life castles with serious engineering defects—shifting foundations! Ever noticed how often cultural values shift? Each new social epoch lays claim to higher enlightenment. Yet society continues to decline, and life continues to collapse under the battering of life’s storms.

The social engineers spin a line that the castles of the previous era were too rigid for sandy conditions, that’s why they collapsed…”but now with greater knowledge we can build bigger more elaborate castles on even more unstable sand”. As if! Life requires a secure footing. Jesus says, ‘I am the WAY, the TRUTH and the Life”. Jesus is telling life engineering truth. 

It needn’t take a lifetime to get this parable.  We can get straight away. As we lay the foundations of our relationships, careers and families on Jesus we begin building life that works, and which leads to heaven. When we read the Bible and pray daily we are reading the very master plan for life and consulting with the architect!

Dig into God’s word and anchor there. Commit the detail of your life construction in prayer to God. Build on Jesus. After a lifetime of storms you will comprehend just how faithful a rock Jesus has been for you.

Trust him with it all.

Geoff

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11 thoughts on “Sandy Cape Real Estate

  1. Thanks Geoff for your clear, insightful, creative comment that encourages us to ‘build’ right!

  2. Thanks Geoff
    We really must sing this hymn at some stage. Another one for my to-do list:

    Heb 6:19 “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

    Will your anchor hold in the storms of life
    Priscilla J. Owens

    Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
    when the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
    When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
    will your anchor drift, or firm remain?

    [Refrain:]
    We have an anchor that keeps the soul
    steadfast and sure while the billows roll;
    fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
    grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love!

    Will your anchor hold in the straits of fear,
    when the breakers roar and the reef is near?
    While the surges rave, and the wild winds blow,
    shall the angry waves then your bark o’erflow?

    [Refrain]

    Will your anchor hold in the floods of death,
    when the waters cold chill your latest breath?
    On the rising tide you can never fail,
    while your anchor holds within the veil.

    [Refrain]

    Will your eyes behold through the morning light
    the city of gold and the harbour bright?
    Will you anchor safe by the heavenly shore,
    when life’s storms are past for evermore?

    [Refrain]

    Sing along with a big church rendition on YouTube

      • Not sure if that question was rhetorical or not, but your a good fisherman and I’ll always bite on that bait.

        Perhaps some of today’s songwriters and churches are building on the sand of emotional experience and feeling, with us at the centre (isn’t that the real estate agent’s pitch — this house is all about you), rather than the rock of putting the truth of God into practice. While this hymn asks about your anchor, it is centred on the Rock that cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love!

        Our praise and worship should not be a concert aimed at helping us feel good, but celebrate truth as we glorify God together.

        [climbs down off hobby horse and puts it back in the cupboard].

  3. really struggle with this, that we are called to be different to the world when all we want to do is fit in with the worldly ways. He alone is a trust worthy Rock

  4. From the time I was 10 when my father died suddenly to now, I have faced many life challenges that often made me feel isolated and always different to my peers. There are times I have simply clung to ‘the Rock’. When life expectations of money, relationships, children, ambitions and health go awry, if you have God as your rock you won’t go under. I haven’t. Thanks Geoff.

  5. This is as you said Geoff a simple truth to understand but my understanding of this reading clearly shows that we have a very important part to play. Not just by trusting on Jesus but a desire to obey what the Bible tells us to do, how Jesus wants us to live in this world. Trust and obey. The Bible is our map for living. Every situation we may find ourselves in, we can find direction in Gods Word. The Holy Spirit gives us this desire but it’s always a struggle. We are where we are at today because of choices that each one of us has made. Either upon Gods Word or from self.

    So that means as a Christian, if my spouse commits adultery I am to forgive.
    If somebody has hurt me I am to forgive.
    I am to seek the best for the other person.
    The list is very long and very different to what the world says to do.

    My choice for today here in Cambodia was to go shopping for ME!! Well that was before the Holy Spirit showed me that God wanted me to go and find the Bible Society here in Siem Reap. I know Gods voice but my flesh still struggled. Choice point!!! So I went and purchased 17 New Testaments. I only have 9 left and I leave for Vietnam tomorrow so that means that God will put 9 more Cambodians in my path who need a New Testament.

    May our lives be built upon the truth of the Bible.

    As for worship songs we are told to worship in a Spirit and in Truth. And for each one of us that will be different. It can’t be defined by any outward actions. God looks upon the heart. Some churches draw what is to be sung at church out of ” a hat” very haphazard. I love the idea of asking God Himself what would He like us to sing. Can’t go wrong with song choice if it’s done that way!!!

  6. Thank you for your prayers Hannah had a restful 13hr sleep and is healthy. God is good

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