24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 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.
Matthew 7:24 – 25
As people who live in a visible world, what we can see, hear and touch around us catches our attention. The natural, while beautiful in design, has a way of keeping us distracted from that which truly matters.
We get so caught up with the next in the natural – the many daily tasks and deadlines, the goals we have set for the day or month, the dreams we are pursuing, that we fail to even think about the next for our spirit man. An argument here can be made in some instances for the exact opposite.
Daily we find ourselves reaching the end of the day exhausted from all the running around, and while we might be physically exhausted and fulfilled, we find that we left our spirit starving. In the ministry we see this far too often – men and women who appear to be healthy in their outer appearance (successful in life), but find their spirit weak and deteriorated. It’s not long after this that you begin to see the cracks in their foundation as the outer appearance begins taking strain.
If we are not going to be Spirit led and spirit driven, you can be sure that the physical will follow suit. In our own ability we can only put up a front for so long, but eventually everything will come tumbling down.
Constantly, we have to keep in mind the condition we exist in: spiritual beings with an outer body garment, having to learn to take better care of the spirit. As was said yesterday, when it comes to our journey towards true maturity, laying the proper foundation plays a pivotal role in setting the rest of our lives up for success.
In our scripture reading today, Jesus reminds us that if we would learn to build on the Rock, Jesus Himself (who placed more emphasis on the Spirit), we can be certain when disasters strikes that our lives will be immovable. This can only happen when our spirit is strong, healthy, led, guided and founded on our Lord and His Spirit (Holy Spirit). We are all called to a life where we need to take better care of our daily routines when it comes to our spiritual being.
While we love to feel good and look good when it comes to our outer appearance, why not make more effort ensuring that you do the same for the inner being?
My friend, your spiritual man is able to make all the difference in how you go about doing life and how you grow and mature as a whole person. I would encourage you to take better care of your spirit.
Lord, forgive me for building my life in my own way and understanding, placing more emphasis on what I think would set me up towards a mature man / woman of God. Help me start with where you would start, with a spirit fully surrendered to God. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.