It’s been a bit of a whirlwind – I don’t know where the time has gone!
We had the OMF Japan field conference in June, then the UK fmZERO team came for 3 weeks in July, in August we had family visiting and soon it will be September.
But I want to share something of what happened last week.
It was the KGK Hokkaido summer camp (Aug 16-19) held in a youth hostel with about 38 attendees in all. The slogan for the camp was actually taken from a make-up advert campaign, roughly translated as something like:
“Today, a clear complexion. Even 10 years, 20 years, 30 years later, an unshakeable foundation for you too. … ” !?
In short, the theme was building a solid foundation for your faith that will last 10, 20, 30 years from now. The theme verses were taken from Luke 6:46-49.
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’, and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”
This passage has been a favourite of mine since Sunday school days. But something that I find easy to miss, is the actual point of the story.
I loved it as a story and got the message, ‘Be like the wise man who built his house on the rock. Don’t be like the fool who built his house on the sand.’
Maybe it’s just because I’m particularly slow, but it took me a long time to realise the real point of this nugget. The wise man is like one who hears the words of Jesus and does them. There it is, in a nutshell!
As I was reminded last week, both men make a house, and both men hear the words of Jesus. Both of them experience a flood. But the key difference is the foundation – did they DO what Jesus told them? (It sounds to me like hard work too, digging deep into rock!) And the difference in the result is dramatic: unshaken, or utterly destroyed.
In the last session of the camp, the staff worker gave a very moving account of a 10 year school reunion he had been to recently. Choking back tears, he told of meeting up with friends he’d not seen for years – one was drifting from one job to the other with no idea as to his career, one was already divorced, another had become a single mother. The common theme with all of these friends was this: they never thought this was where they’d be 10 years ago.
Where will you be in 10, 20, 30 years? What ‘floods’ will come your way? How prepared will you be for them? Will your ‘house’ stand firm, unshakeable? Or will it be utterly destroyed?
For these students, I think it’s hard to imagine that far ahead; it’s hard to answer those questions.
It certainly made me think. Am I building the foundation today that will endure for 10, 20, 30 years, … forever? Am I hearing Jesus’ words and actually doing them?
What about you?
- Please pray for these students to take what they’ve learnt into the next weeks and months and for the rest of their lives.
- Pray they would be building a solid foundation for their faith to stand the trials that are bound to come.
- Pray they would get into good healthy habits of reading the Bible everyday, listening to Jesus’ words and putting them into practice.