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March 27, 2010

A Real Rock

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Most children go through a time when they enjoy collecting rocks.  I know I did, and I know our children were interested–maybe only for a day or a week, but there was a fascination with the many different rocks.

Our two granddaughters have been greatly interested in rock collecting the last several days.  They had visited a friend who shared some rocks with them from her personal collection.  I got caught up in looking for various rocks with them.  Around their yard was the limit of the exploration, however.  Those boundaries certainly create a short list of the types of rocks we could find.

Those that were most available were the sedimentary rocks that are formed at the surface of the earth.  These are usually identified as sandstone or quartz, shale, or limestone.  Of course, these stones present themselves in many shapes and colors.

What captured my attention were those small pieces that seemed ‘hard as a rock’ and the color of limestone or quartz.  They were found along the driveway and a few other places.  Although I am no collector or even a novice in identifying rocks, those chips I recognized.  I do confess that some of them I had to study for a moment to be sure they were not a ‘genuine’ rock.  They were actually small pieces of cement that had been weathered. 

That set my mind in motion.  I recall that home improvement stores carry a line of ‘fake’ rocks.  They have been molded and colored to look like rocks.  They can be used for walkways, walls, and a myriad of other uses.  Many times you have to feel and examine them closely to realize they are not real stones.  I even found myself ready to be guarded about some rock collections that are for sale in stores!  Are they real?

Shift your thinking with me for a moment.  Our faith and life must be grounded on a solid rock.  We cannot risk our life and all eternity to a fake.  There are many expressions offered to the world as a true and solid rock on which you can commit your life.  Don’t be fooled by impostors!

There is only One Solid Rock.  His name is Jesus.   He called Himself the rock on which He would build His church.  ” . . .  and on this rock I will build my church . . . .”  (Matthew 16:18)  Now, I acknowledge that some interpret that this ‘rock’ to which Jesus was referring was Simon Peter.  The true rendering of the original language teaches us differently.  When Jesus called Peter a rock, he used a term meaning a movable rock, while the word used about the rock on which the church would be built meant an immovable rock.  Jesus was referring to Himself when He spoke of the rock on which the church would be built.  Yes, Jesus Christ is the rock (foundation) of the church and of our faith.  “On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”

Don’t be misled or fooled by an imitation.  Be careful not to build your life and eternity on some ‘cement’ that looks like a rock, or a pure imitation that deliberately seeks to appear as a real rock.  You can tell the difference.  You don’t have to be an expert in rocks.  Your life built on the true Rock will withstand the storms of life.   

“He lifted me out of the slimy pit; out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  (Psalm 40:2)




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