Today, I got an email from my boss and the subject line was “Pastors in the Sandbox.” Now, let me explain. In Marketing, my boss and I have a shared folder on our computer network where we can put important documents so that they’re accessible to both of us. We’ve named that folder “The Sandbox”. (It’s kind of like Dropbox.) He had put the program for the upcoming Pastors Conference in this folder and he wanted me to print it. I knew exactly what “Pastors in the Sandbox” meant, but if anyone else saw that email, they’d think it was a funny subject line.
In Matthew 7, Jesus shares an analogy about how people should have their foundation on the rock rather than on the sand, meaning the foundation of our life should be on JESUS.
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” – Matthew 7:24-27
Are your “life” documents in the sandbox or on the rock? What I mean by that is, if you were to evaluate yourself – really, truly evaluate yourself – where is your faith? Is it in self, others, circumstances, or Jesus? I think most of us would read that and immediately say JESUS, but what about that one really difficult situation in your life? Your finances? Your health? Your relationships? Is your trust in self, others, circumstances, or FULLY on Jesus? What about your desires – are they self-focused or kingdom-focused?
I remember that when I was a kid, I would only play in the sandbox if it held the “good” type of sand. In my mind, there were only three types of sandboxes – one with dry sand, one with mostly dirt, and one with really good sand that you could actually build sandcastles on. I wanted a good foundation. As an adult, I still crave that good foundation, but now I want it on a spiritual level and in ALL areas of my life. I know my foundation is on Jesus, and I want my desires, thoughts, and attitudes to all point back Him!
Erin Culleny serves as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She loves encouraging women through her Victory Calls and finds such joy in praying for her sisters in Christ. Her favorite activities include reading her Bible, encouraging others with scripture, buying new makeup, buying dresses, and eating at the Cheesecake Factory… In that order!