Scripture: Luke 6:39-49
Key verses: (47-49) 47I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. 48That 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. 49But 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.”
Reflection: We are knee-deep in planning Vacation Bible School for this year. Writing our own curriculum to cover four of the best-loved parables has been an exercise in making choices. First of all, how do you choose which parables? There are so many stories Jesus told! We settled on these four: The Parable of the Sower, the Parables of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin, the Parable of the Good Samaritan, and the Parable of the Great Banquet. These are four rich stories that will help our children explore what it means to listen to God’s word, to rejoice in the love of God, to love one another, and to welcome everyone.
While we did not choose to tell the story of the wise and foolish builders, I’ve been thinking about it. These lessons we teach our children, whether in Vacation Bible School, in Sunday School, or in ongoing worship attendance, are the ways we help build a strong foundation for them. Layer upon layer of exposure to the stories of the people of God, and the worship, service, and community of the people of God, are what strengthen the foundation into solid rock. It takes time, and repetition, and commitment, and many people invested in the task. The result is a sure bedrock of faith formation that can weather whatever trouble or storms the world sends.
As we head into a busy time of travel and summer schedules, renew your commitment to strengthen your faith foundation this summer. Join us for worship. Keep reading Bible stories at home, even when Sunday School goes on hiatus. Then we can sing in faith together: “On Christ the solid rock we stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand!”
Prayer: Lord, thank you for all those who have helped build a sure foundation of faith for me. May I continue to strengthen it all my life long. May I be one who encourages a strong foundation in others. In the name of Christ, I pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].