Matthew 7:24

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Observation – What does it say?

This analogy Jesus shares, comes right on the heels of a teaching about the fate of those who don’t do God’s will. He informs the crowd gathered during what we now refer to as “The Sermon on the Mount,” that he will reject those who didn’t do his Father’s will; even those who did miracles in his name. He emphasizes his point in this teaching about the wise and foolish builders, making a clear distinction between those who listen and obey and those who listen and do nothing. One will stand firm while the other collapses; one received by God while the other is rejected.

Understanding – What does it mean?

In reading this I am reminded of Jesus’ younger brother, James. As pastor of the church in Jerusalem, he wrote to them urging, “Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says!”

There is serious consequence for disobedience. For those of us who read God’s word frequently, who hear sermons often, God is going to hold us to a higher standard! We can’t claim that we didn’t know better. With every command of God we read, every challenge toward obedience we hear, we mustn’t take it lightly or allow it to stop with good intentions. Jesus is clear that the only one who is blessed, who is received by God, who is going to stand firm, is the one who does God’s will.

Life Application

God, where have I been failing to do your will? Show me the areas I’ve been failing to put your word into practice. I know I am saved by your grace, through my faith and not my works. But I also know that the genuineness of my faith will be reflected by the way I live. Please help us to be a people who have a genuine faith, expressed through passionately seeking to do your will. Amen.

– Levi Thompson

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