If we are to follow Jesus, we need to understand a foundational truth. Our faith has a following response— first we trust and then we obey.
In the example of house building, the future depends on laying a good foundation. A wise builder is ready for the worst-case scenario. Their house stands after the flood subsides.
If you want to live in this Kingdom, you need to dig deep before you start building. What are you fastened to you beneath the surface? Jesus is describing how obedience to God solidifies you. It strengthens you to withstand disaster.
We trust God and obey His directions, even when it means the cost of building is greater. We obey the building code even though it takes longer before we can move into our new house.
The ‘do-it-yourselfer’ building on sand looks at the house built on rock and says, “I can build it just like that, but with a lot less effort. I can build it cheaper and faster.”
This is the person who is not taking orders. They are not following a blueprint or code. They are simply conforming to what is observable around them. Their house looks the same at first glance, but it has no stability. It will be short-lived.