Have you ever built a house? A better question is: do you want to build a house? Architecture truly intrigues me. I thought about it like a hundred times. If I built a house, what would it look like: Hard wood floors, stellar showers, a cozy kitchen and family area, and a sun-room with a outside porch was what I had in mind. At some point I actually drew out the vision I had in mind. No matter which home I have ever lived in, none of them are my dream home. Well, Jesus had something to say about building a house. Do we ever really think about what goes into building a house? I think about how precise the wood cuts must be to build and fit into the structure as certain pieces are made to support other pieces. The foundation and frame of the house are important too. All of that hard work and effort goes into building a house because we want to see the house stand and succeed against weathering. Because no matter where you live, your house will deal with the various storms. So, yes, we do want to make a wise investment and build a house meant to embrace hard weather storms. Because if we don’t the house will weather quickly, or simply fall apart.
Remember that scripture…
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. 26 Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” Matthew 7: 24-27
Did you read it? Great! Read it again! That first verse is so important- Jesus is telling us something about wisdom. To me, it sounds like there is an assumption that a house is being build. It sounds like Jesus just gave us a warning for a storm that seems to be coming.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them…” Did you catch there is something we need to do- hear and act. It seems like both words go together; we were not instructed to only hear without acting, nor are we instructed to only act without hearing. So my question is: What are we supposed to be hearing and how are we supposed to be acting?
Lets go back to the scripture: 26 “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.”
We are clearly supposed to hear the words of Jesus and act on them. Why? 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.”
When I explore this verse I feel compelled or instructed to be prepared for tough moments by hearing the words of Jesus and acting on them. The power is in hearing the Word and acting on the Word. I have had trying times and it felt like wind was beating and pressing deep into the very soul of who I am. Each time I had to go to the Word of God to plant my feet firm and not give up. Each time I had to choose to not listen to the wrong voices, but listen to the Word of God. In that I learned that is where power and victory lies. So in essence, I hear I need to listen and be obedient to the words of Jesus.
There it is! It can’t be that complicated! Right?
I think the mystery is seeking God over his Word! Asking, seeking, and knocking as we go through our search and discover with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I can’t express how important I think it is that we become obedient to what God is asking us to do. The passage right before this verse says:
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ Matthew: 21-23 Nasb
“but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter”
However any person may perceive these scriptures to be, one thing is clear. We must be seeking the Word of God. Not only should we seek it, but we should live it. We should put His words into action.
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