Crossroads: Wise and Foolish Builders

Luke 6:46-49; also found in Matthew 7:21-29

My Story

Life fell apart for me in the sixth grade. My mom and my stepdad were getting a divorce (although this was actually a positive thing for our family as their relationship had it made home life stressful), my church was going through a split, and dear friendships were ending. As in this Bible story, my “house” was being hit by a hurricane. Home and church no longer felt like safe places for me anymore. The people to whom I normally turn were unable to help this time. The only place for me to turn was to God. God walked with me through that uncertain time.

It was during that time that I really began to understand what it meant to trust God, even when things were falling apart. Things did not change overnight, but eventually the storm calmed. My stepdad left and home was calm and safe again. We went to a different church where I made new friends and learned what it meant to spend time with God daily. The thing about storms is that they are terrible while you are in them, but you can learn so much. I grew closer to God through my storm. I listened to God and survived the storm, coming out better than when I entered it.

Your Story

We all have to weather storms in life—life is never easy all of the time. For this story, think of a time when you didn’t follow instructions and something terrible happened, you saw how someone who’d obeyed Jesus for a long time was able to weather one of life’s storms (or you were able to weather one of life’s storms because you obeyed Jesus), or in the aftermath of a bad decision, you realized that God’s rules are there to protect and provide for us, not to punish us. When choosing what story from your life (or lives as a family) to tell your children, keep in mind your child(ren)’s age(s). For instance, if your child is a teenager, it would be very beneficial for them to hear about a bad choice you made, particularly one made when you were a teenager. Younger children do not need all the details of a storm you have weathered, only the gist. And remember, you don’t have to share a story you are very uncomfortable sharing. This part of the devotion is a time when you and your family can see how your lives interact and intersect with the stories in the Bible.

The Bible Story

Read Luke 6:46-49 to your children. For 3-7 year olds, you may want to read this version:

This story is about two builders. The first one is smart. The other is a bit of a fool! One day, the wise man went out to build his house (Now he’s like those who hear God’s Word and DO what it says.) The wise man dug down deep until he found solid stone. He carried the boards. He sawed the planks. He hammered the walls. And he finished forming his house! Soon, a storm came! The rains fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew, but the house on the rock stood firm. Then, the man who wasn’t so smart (Now he’s like people who hear God’s Word, but don’t put it into practice!) went out to build his house. He didn’t dig down deep to find a good base for his house. He just started building right there on the beach by all the sunbathers. He carried his boards, he sawed the planks, he hammered the walls, and finished forming his house! Soon, a storm came! The rains fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew, and the moment they did, his house fell with a great crash! And when the people heard Jesus tell that story, they were amazed! For the digging is the doing, the foundation is the WORD. ‘Cause the key to building wisely is to practice what you HEARD. If you claim to be a friend of Christ, but don’t do what he SAID, your life won’t stand forever, but will crumble down INSTEAD.
—Taken From Sharable Parables by Steven James

The main thing to remember about this story is that the foolish man didn’t put Jesus’ words into practice, but the wise man did. Jesus wants us to not only hear and read his words, but to obey them too.

Discussion Questions

Ask your children to . . .
– Think of a time when you broke a rule and got in trouble
– Think of a time when they didn’t listen to you and ended up getting hurt (make sure you don’t say “I told you so” ☺ )
– Think of a time when you knew what you were supposed to do, but you did the opposite instead

Action

– Find a way to put God’s words into practice this week as a family. This could be doing something nice for someone else (baking cookies and taking them to a sick or elderly neighbor), helping someone else, doing an hour of community service (at the food bank, soup kitchen, library, shelter, etc.), doing chores when asked instead of complaining (or doing someone else’s chores!), being nice to someone who nobody really likes, etc.

Prayer

– Thank God that He is always with us, even during our storms
– Ask God to help you and your family not only listen to what He says, but practice it as well.

Jessica Asbell is currently serving as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Roswell, GA. She has worked with children in various capacities at several churches, including Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington, NC, First Baptist of Decatur, GA, and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA. She has a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and a BBA from Mercer University. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, and of course spend time with her sweet kitty, Lucy.

Kevin Head began serving as Minister to Young Families at First Baptist Roswell, Georgia, in February 2012. He has pastored three churches in Kentucky and more recently served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Lumberton, North Carolina. In 2007, Kevin and his wife, Amy, began a ministry-based counseling practice called New Perspectives for Life in East Cobb, Georgia. He is a graduate of Furman University (B.A.) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D., M.Div.) in Louisville, Kentucky. Kevin was ordained by the First Baptist Church of Belvedere, South Carolina. His model of ministry is based on John 8 and the amazing, continual grace of Jesus Christ. Kevin and Amy have two children, Jenna and Joshua.

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