The House on the Sand

Jerry Ferrso
Girl & Sandcastle

Most of my children are grown and out of the house now, but I remember the family vacations we had when they were little. Sometimes we would go to the ocean and let the kids play in the sand. It was always Dad’s job to help build the sandcastle. We would meticulously build the turrets, dig out the moat, and carve out the castle walls. That castle looked great—until the tide came in. No matter how big or elaborate we made our sandcastle, it would always meet the same fate—destruction.

Spiritually speaking, many well-meaning people have built their homes on a sandy foundation. They have put their trust in the sandy foundations of good works, sincerity, religion, and baptism, which can never get them into Heaven. The wise builder will always build his life upon the sure, solid, and scriptural foundation—Jesus Christ. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:20 that Jesus Christ alone is the foundation upon which our lives should be built.

Jerry and Julie were a couple that possessed a tremendous desire to be good people. They both had a religious background and staked their eternity on the sandy foundation of good works. I was in their home on a Tuesday evening sharing the Gospel of Christ with them when, about halfway through my presention, Julie began to weep. Through tears she said, “I knew I couldn’t live a perfect life, but I kept trying!” I will never forget those words.

There are millions of families just like Jerry and Julie’s that need a real, solid foundation that provides strength and stability for their lives. Here are a few sandy foundations you can help people avoid when sharing the Gospel:

Family heritage. In John 3:6–7, Jesus told Nicodemus, a very religious person, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” Nicodemus had a proud family heritage, but Jesus told him that his natural birth was not enough. He had to be spiritually reborn.

Religious tradition. Many people cling to their church, their sacraments, and their repetitious prayers to remove their sins. “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers…” (1 Peter 1:18).

Keeping the Ten Commandments. If you meet a person who says they try to keep the Ten Commandments, ask him to name all of them. Chances are, they do not even know the laws which are their hope for eternity. James 2:10 demolishes this false hope: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

Moral superiority. An atheist group recently launched a campaign asking people to “be good for goodness sake,” claiming people can be good without God. Jesus answered this claim in Mark 10:18, “And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.”

People all around us are staking their eternity on sandy foundations. It is our responsiblity to help them understand that their foundation is faulty without Jesus Christ. He is the only proven foundation.