It doesn’t end well for the person who builds on lawlessness. Thus, Jesus compares lawlessness to sand. Sand is far from a suitable material to build anything on. So we can imagine that if someone built a house on sand, how the house would fall. This fall might not be apparent immediately. But the more one builds on such a weak foundation, the greater that fall will be. This is the point Jesus makes when he describes the builder who builds on sand. Jesus says, “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall” (Matthew 7:27). Jesus stresses that the fall of the house built on sand is not only approaching but great.
We can assume we do God’s work, but still do lawlessness. The lawlessness I mention here translates to anomia. This word means the total disregard of God’s written and living word. Here, it is important to note that God’s word is also Jesus. Thus, anyone who disregards Jesus Christ falls into this category of lawlessness. It might be difficult to accept we live in such lawlessness if we deceive ourselves to think we do what God wants. However, whatever we trick ourselves into thinking is God’s work will not last.