The Rock

My friend Stephen bought a book for me called Becoming a King: The Path to Restoring the Heart by Morgan Snyder. It has since become somewhat of a lodestone in my quest for authenticity. 

In this book, Snyder quotes author Mike Mason stating, “A thirty-year-old person (man) is like a densely populated city; nothing new can be built… without something else being torn down. “Snyder then discusses how there are many stages of healthy tearing down so that God can rebuild who you were meant to be. 

Snyder also says that whatever isn’t authentically you is best to be demolished, and that process takes about as long as it took to build that adult facade. Once the demo is done, it takes some time and effort to realize what needs to be hauled off for good. Then, you need to check the “soil” for toxins left behind by bad experiences and, if necessary, dig out any bad foundation that may have been left behind to contribute to the toxicity of the soil. Finally, the fun part begins, a new foundation can be set, and the rebuilding can begin. What a process!

As I walked some friends through this concept this week, I was reminded of Jesus saying something similar.

“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

Ten years ago, if someone called me a fool, they would have earned themselves a punch square to the jaw. Even though I knew I was living out a scraped-together collection of experiences, not intentional training, I didn’t want anyone else to know that. I wanted everyone to think I had arrived with this wisdom, not accumulated it through time. 

Simply put, I was faking it. 

But when the storms of life came, as they always do (and always will!), my self-fabricated house of self-taught best practices swayed and bucked just like this house built on sand Jesus was talking about. However, Jesus says if you build a house on solid rock, it will stand.

I know you saw where I was going with this analogy, but do you know the extent of the references in scripture of Jesus being a rock? After doing a simple Google search, I came across this post. It is extensive and has 10x more references than I could muster on my own.

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1984/01/i-have-a-question/what-is-the-symbolic-meaning-of-the-term-rock-in-the-scriptures?lang=eng

I’m not sure of the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ beyond what I read here. But I was appreciative for the in-depth look at how solid my King is.

Memorial Day is about remembering, and this was a great reminder. Thanks for spending a moment where we could do this together.

In His Service and at yours!

~Shawn

Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

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