What does your house look like?

9 Dec

In the childhood story of the Three Little Pigs, the little pigs learn a lesson about building materials.  Each of the pigs had built their house out of different building materials. The first little pig built his house out of straw. The second little pig built his house out of sticks. He third little pig built his house out of bricks.  Now I’m sure each of those little pigs in the story spent a lot of time building their houses and were proud of their accomplishment.  But, one day the big bad wolf came along and he put each of these little pigs’ houses to the test.  As the story goes, he stood outside of each house in turn and blew as hard as he could to get to the little pig inside.  Unfortunately for the  little pigs with straw and stick houses, he blew right through the house and he killed and ate them.  The little pig with the house of bricks could not be reached by the wolf and so he was the only little pig to survive the attacks from the big bad wolf.

Does this story remind you of anything?  Well, it instantly brings to my mind Jesus’ teaching about building on solid foundation.

Building on a Solid Foundation
“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” Luke 7:46-49

So do you see the similarity here? The big bad wolf is like the storm that comes and tests the foundation your house is built on.  The big bad wolf is the devil.  He brings trouble into our lives to see if he can knock us down.  But, if you build your house on a solid foundation of God’s word and follow His teachings, then you will withstand even the greatest of storms.  So which little piggy do you want to be, one that gets eaten or the one that survives?


2 Responses to “What does your house look like?”

  1. St. John the Lutheran? December 9, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    Or, maybe the Big Bad Wolf is our self. Maybe the flood that Jesus is talking about is not always bad times – in fact, maybe it’s harder to have a firm foundation in the good times. Perhaps the flood waters are referring to events in our life that put pressure on our foundation. By practicing love of God and love of neighbor, like Jesus taught, we will establish a strength of faith that is so important to us that any pressures from life just beat against us, but do not make us move. Regardless, you’ve made an excellent comparison and I hope that we all would continually “dig in” by listening, hearing and practicing the teachings of our Lord.

    • lovemeanyway December 9, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

      Good point…thanks! That is so true that it can be harder to keep a solid foundation when everything is going well in our lives. I appreciate your feedback 🙂

      Thanks, Jessica

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