Jesus was a carpenter, let Him build your house.
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ..
At salvation we brought nothing to Jesus but a sin scarred soul in desperate need of forgiveness and life. God cannot accept any sin payment on our behalf except what Christ accomplished at Calvary proven on resurrection day. That‘s why satan will tempt us to mix works into our foundation of faith alone in Christ alone, and then anything built on top of that weak foundation will always be vulnerable to collapse when he applies the pressure.
The Bible uses the earth or dirt as a symbol for man. Adam was made from dirt and we will turn back into dirt when we die. So adding our works or behavior to what Christ accomplished for us is like adding dirt to concrete and pouring it for a foundation. Mixing dirt with concrete creates a foundation that will crumble under the pressures of life that God promises satan will bring to bear on each one of our spiritual houses.
Matthew 7:24 Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.
25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.
Only when we build our spiritual house on Jesus the rock (solid concrete) do we have the ability to weather satan‘s relentless assault. Paul reiterates this metaphor that Jesus taught in the following passage.
1 Corinthians 3:11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
But it is not only our foundation that has to be built in Christ; our spiritual house has to be built from Christ brand materials. What gets blown away from our house in the storms are the materials of our own construction, which we trusted in that weren‘t built by Christ. The Holy Spirit is the instructor that teaches us how to replace the pieces of us torn up from the storm with materials built by Christ. The solid foundation, in Christ alone, sets the standard for everything built on top of it. Maybe it was no accident that Jesus was a carpenter when He walked this earth.
Colossians 2:6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him