A man decided to buy a pool one summer. He dreamed of spending time with his family swimming in the pool and he had saved a little money through the year, hoping to make his dream a reality during the summer time.
Summer arrived and our friend went to the store and acquired a brand new pool. The big box barely fit in his car, as he drove home excited with his new toy. The above ground pool came with all the parts and instructions and it was surprisingly easy to assemble. In less than three hours, the whole pool was set up and ready to be filled with water.
There was only one problem: The ground wasn’t leveled. There was water overflowing from one side of the pool, while the other side was half empty. In addition to this, the bottom of the pool was as bumpy as the surface of planet Mars. It was a total disaster!
The man was distraught but determined. He emptied the pool and took it apart. He learned how to level the ground properly, bought the materials and tools that he needed and proceeded to do the job right the second time around.
An unleveled pool is very much like a life that is built upon the sand. It doesn’t matter how pretty our “house” is, if the foundation isn’t good. We need a leveled and strong foundation for our lives, and there is only one available: The Rock.
You might have many gifts and talents in your life, but if Christ isn’t the foundation of your house (life), everything will crumble and fall, like the walls of Jericho. Jesus Himself, warned us about this in Matthew 7:26, 27:
“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
We must build our lives upon the Rock. All other ground, as the hymn says, “is sinking sand.” But Jesus is not only the foundation, but He is also the Builder. In Psalm 127:1 the Bible declares that,
“Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it;”
Is Jesus the Foundation and Builder of your life? If the answer is yes, you can be sure that your life
is secure in Christ, because it has the best foundation in the universe. Let the winds blows and the storm
bring the rains. You will remain standing after all is said and done, because your life is anchored upon the
Rock and because the Lord himself will complete the work that He began in you (Philippians 1:6)
Do you remember the story of the pair of socks that were separated for a long time? One of them went home, but the other one remained hidden in a dark corner of the Laundromat until it was found and it was reunited with its partner.
Well, I’m happy to report that this pair of socks is still happy together. The owner of the socks has devised an ingenious and fail-safe plan. Every time he takes his socks off, he “connects” them with a safety pin before he places them in the laundry bin or basket.
This tactic or strategy has made it possible for the owner to retain and not lose any of his socks. In fact, he claims that he now has 100% sock recovery success! This process has proven to be so successful that he will continue to use safety pins for all his socks.
Jesus also has perfect success with all the “socks” (souls) that He has received from the Father. The Bible attests to this fact in several places:
“This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.” (John 6:39)
“While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.” (John 17:12)
“…that the saying might be fulfilled which He spoke, ‘Of those whom You gave Me I have lost none.’” (John 18:9) (Emphasis added)
I was once a lost “sock” or soul in the world. I was dirty because of sin and was separated from God and his family. One day, however, Jesus came to my life and found me alone in a corner of the world. He lifted me up and cleansed my sin with the best detergent in the universe: His blood. He also put a “safety pin” or seal in my heart, to eliminate any possibility of getting lost ever again.
“…you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:13, 14)
We also read in John 10:28 that we are totally safe and secure in Christ.
“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” (Emphasis added)
In addition of being sealed by the Spirit and in the hands of God, there is still another layer of protection for believers. Colossians 3:3 tells us that our “life is hidden with Christ in God.”
The socks are held together by a safety pin, but we are sealed by the Spirit. The socks are never out of the reach of the owner, and we are always in God’s hand. The socks are resting tucked away in a comfy drawer, but we are hidden and secure in Christ forever.