Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Matthew 7:24

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Scripture Insights

The Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 was determined to one-up the famed Eiffel Tower and the French Exposition Universelle of 1889. American architects were desperate to measure up. However, their efforts were complicated by the fact that the soil in Chicago sits atop a sandy ooze that created leveling discrepancies as much as four inches over twenty-five feet!

Jesus knows something about building as a carpenter—but more profoundly as our Savior. Jesus knows that a life built on the shifting sands of fickle cultural whim is destined for destruction. Jesus—himself the cornerstone—provides the foundation upon which a life of grace and truth can be constructed. Such a life is winsome and attractive.

The remnants of the Chicago World’s Fair are gone, but the people who name Jesus as Lord and so construct their lives continue to reach around the world and across the street with the transforming power of the gospel.

May the Solid Rock provide the footing that continues to launch God’s people into ministry.

Today’s Prayer

Jesus, forgive us when we choose the comforts of our homes and churches and forget our neighbors and the nations. By your Holy Spirit, set our hearts ablaze and compel our feet to move toward the lost and hurting.

Prayer Journal Reflections

Reflect on mobilizing all Nazarenes in the church in Canada and the United States.

—Sam Barber
District Superintendent, South Central Ohio

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