When praise and practice disconnect, we set ourselves up for great loss.
Jesus asked his followers a hard and honest question about the depths of their call and their convictions. Let’s listen in.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like.
They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.
But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
When we depend on our good words, good intentions or good theology to weather the storms of life we are building on the sand. Sandy Foundations seem fine on Sunny days, but when the when the clouds roll in and the sky turns black and the rains begin to pour, our Foundations will be tested.
Sunny days and good weather make it easy for us to enjoy our above ground accomplishments. The visible parts of our life and family can be counted and captured like a Family Christmas Card. What we do not see from the curb is the Foundation our lives are built on.
Our lives may have lots of Curb Appeal, but when a Storm rolls in, the things above ground make little difference in what stands or falls. We should not expect our good choices to stop the bad weather. Both the wise and the foolish are subject to the strong winds and punishing rains. In a big storm, one kind of Foundation is validated and another kind is devastated.
So what makes the difference?
“Comes to me”
“Hear my words”
“And puts them into practice”
Is building on a Rock.
A large unmovable, unshakable, unbreakable, Rock.
The blueprint is pretty clear. Strong Foundations are developed in our life by saying Yes to Christ.
Is your practice, to Go to Christ? Yes……No?
Is your practice, to hear his words? Yes……No?
Is your practice, to put those words into practice?
Let’s keeping saying YES.
Let’s keep smiling.
A Big Rock never has to be afraid of a little rain!
Grace and Peace
Dr. Don Worcester