When our daughter was younger, she received an archeology kit for Christmas. Hidden in this dirt-looking sample were treasures of polished stones. Miniature tools were included so she could slowly and methodically dig in and search much like an archeologist would. She was thrilled with the gift and off she went digging!
The Spirit brought that gift to mind as I read the end of Luke 6. Jesus asked the gathered crowds why they called him ‘Lord’ but didn’t live the way he said to.
“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 the rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but it could not shake it, because it was well built.” Luke 6:47-48
Perhaps you know the rest of the story about the other house that was destroyed. Let’s go a different route. Back in Matthew, Jesus told the parable of the seed on different soil types. Check out the second type-
“Some [seed] fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched and they withered because they had no root.” Matthew 13: 5-6
We cleaned out our around the house this past Saturday. In one area, I found a small tree trying to begin yet because it didn’t belong there I easily removed it. Scattered across our yard are other trees we planted over 15 years ago. Their roots are large, deep, and strong. I couldn’t remove them if I wanted to without some serious mechanical help! See the value of deep roots & strong foundations? When we dig deep, we become more able to weather the storms of life and even offer shelter to others.
That seems logical and who doesn’t want to be stronger? The question is how do we dig deeper? What do we dig into? We begin by knowing Jesus more by reading the Word then we move on to imitating him. In the parable of the builder, he said whoever put his words into actions built a solid foundation. So what did Jesus do? Jesus spent his life serving others, loving EVERYONE, seeking time with the Father, praying, authentically matching his walk to his talk, giving time and resources to help the poor, bringing relief and help to the sick, and ultimately giving his life so that others could find reconciliation with the Father.
Lord, I want to be more Christ-like today. I want deeper roots. I want to dig down deeper so my foundation is stronger. I’ve weathered some life storms that would have taken me under without you. The storms may rattle my house but with you as the foundation, I can keep going. So, Lord, I need you. Help me to go deeper today by being more Christ-like. May I eagerly dig in as Rachel dug into her archeologist kit for there are greater treasures for me to find in you than any archeologist ever dug up!