A House on the Sand or on a Rock?

Dear Mr. Editor,

After reading the article “A House on the Sand or on a Rock” by Mrs. Toni B. Quenga which appeared in the December 1963 issue of Beacon Lights, the following questions arose in my mind.

Mrs. Quenga writes, “What are you looking for in life?” My answer would be to look for first things first. In the fear of God and in the fellowship of His Covenant people, we must seek His glory. This includes seeking the purest manifestation of God’s truth in church and in school. Has Mrs. Quenga done this in her world travels and in her absence from the Protestant Reformed Churches?

What was God telling Mrs. Quenga through this typhoon? Was He giving her an opportunity to testify of her faith? Or was He telling her that she does not belong on Guam and to return to the Protestant Reformed Churches?

Mrs. Quenga asks, “What do you have to give to your Master?” I think I can answer this question. Absolutely nothing! The impression that I received of this question and of the last paragraph of her article was this: That we can do something for our Master by looking for ways to help and serve others. Ephesians 2:8-10 tells us that our good works are not our gifts to God, but God’s gifts to us. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Isn’t this what we as Protestant Reformed people believe?