In order to follow Jesus’ counsel and build your house-your life-on solid rock, you must enter into two different kinds of experience. First, there is the once-and-for-all experience of letting God’s love into our lives. At some point in our lives we decide that the Good News of Jesus’ Gospel is what life is all about after all; that God is not just one of many interesting things in our life; that God is the “one thing needful.” Our mature, adult acceptance of this attitude and approach to life is what people mean when they talk about “conversion,” and being “born again.” The “born again” Christian is simply one who has come to this once-and-for-all decision to accept God’s love, as that love has been revealed through Jesus Christ.
David Shepherd, a famous British athlete, had reached a point in his life when the problems seemed to overwhelm him. He had been talking about this to some friends who happened to be deeply involved…
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