THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
BUILDING ON ROCK OR SAND
February 14, 2020
1 Kings 11:29-12:19
A house build on rock will stand, while a house built on sand
will fall. One who listens to God’s words and acts on
them builds on rock. One who does not builds on sand.
was the case with Israel. God had brought them out of slavery
in Egypt, provided for them in the desert, and allowed them
to take the promised land. “I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up from the land of Egypt. Open wide your
mouth that I may fill it.” (Ps 81:11). But Israel often
veered away and would not live out God’s commands. “But
my people did not listen to my words; Israel would not submit
to me.” (Ps 81:12). They did not listen to and did not
act on God’s words! They had built on sand! They suffered
the consequence. “So I thrust them away to the hardness
of their heart; ‘Let them walk in their own machinations.’”
was the case with David and his son Solomon. David lived according
to God’s words, while his son Solomon ultimately did
not. So David’s house and kingdom stood, while Solomon’s
house and kingdom collapsed. Israel split, and its ten tribes
were given by God to Jeroboam, leaving Solomon’s son
Rehoboam with only one tribe (1 Kgs 11:31-32).
was the case with Jeroboam. Given the ten tribes, God through
the prophet Ahijah promised him, “If, then, you heed
all that I command you, walking in my ways, and do what is
right in my eyes by keeping my statutes and my commandments
like David my servant, I will be with you. I will build a
lasting house for you, just as I did for David; I will give
Israel to you.” (1 Kgs 11:38). God told Jeroboam that
if he listens to His words and acts on them, his house would
stand. Unfortunately, Jeroboam too veered away. Ultimately,
the ten tribes of Israel collapsed and were completely ruined,
being lost forever.
is consistent. Jesus’ word still stands. If God’s
people obey His commands, they will prosper. “O that
my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my
ways, in a moment I would humble their foes, and turn back
my hand against their oppressors.” (Ps 81:14-15). Did
you get that? If God’s people listen to His words and
act on them, their house or kingdom will stand and not collapse.
And they will prevail over their enemies.
we as MFC are God’s people. We, as is our whole Church,
are oppressed by the enemy. God can easily defeat them, and
we can share in that victory. But we need to listen and obey.
Now as MFC we are an evangelistic and missionary community.
We exist for mission. We do the work of evangelization. We
proclaim the salvation of Jesus to the world. Do we do so?
Do we listen to God’s words and do we proclaim God’s
word? Or are we deaf and mute, like the man healed by Jesus?
Do we not hear God’s words, and do we not act on God’s
commission to proclaim the gospel? If so, we must repent.
Then Jesus can heal us and bless us. Jesus prayed and acted
to heal the man, “and immediately the man’s ears
were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke
plainly.” (Mk 7:35). Open your ears to listen to God’s
words and then act on God’s command, and speak plainly
about Jesus the Savior.
is something interesting. Jesus “ordered them not to
tell anyone.” (Mk 7:36a). This was because his time
had not yet come. “But the more he ordered them not
to, the more they proclaimed it.” (Mk 7:36b). How could
they remain silent in the face of God’s great work?
They were told not to proclaim but they did. Christians today,
on the other hand, are told to proclaim but they do not. What
a sorry situation. And what a way to build on sand.
is our choice to build on rock or on sand. The result of our
choice can either be glorious or devastating. As MFC, our
choice ought to be clear.