Sermon on the Mount
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
28 When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; 29 for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.
Jesus concludes His Sermon on the Mount by describing only two types of responses to His words. He uses a parable to paint a powerful picture that both calls and warns. As we consider Jesus’ words, there really are only two types of response that we can have too; there are only two foundations upon which we can build our lives. This passage invites each of us to personal introspection and careful consideration of our own response.