Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Do What You Are Told!


Matthew 7: 24-29

Story & Lessons

We may profess the name of Christ and yet be lost.

Prophesying in the name of Jesus will not save us.

Neither will the ability to perform miracles in His name.

What is important is obedience to the word of God.

Reflection...

The parable of the two builders challenges us to consider the kind of foundation on which we are building our lives.

The houses in the parable may have been constructed with the same materials and appeared similar, but their foundations were different!

When the floods came and the storms battered the house built on the sand, it collapsed but the house built on the rock stood firm.

What is the point of this parable?

The Lord Jesus warns us that hearing His sayings but failing to obey them will prove disastrous for us.

It is not enough to say that we believe the Bible from cover to cover, or to listen to good preaching.

We must obey His word.

We must beware of deceiving ourselves.

There is an easy type of Christianity which makes no demands for commitment to a life of discipleship though it pays lip service to the teaching of Scripture.

It attracts many but it leads to hell and not to heaven.

The people who heard the Sermon on the Mount were astonished at the teaching of Jesus, but we are not told that they obeyed His words (28-29).

Let us take God’s word seriously and obey it!

If we do not, our religion will not stand the test in difficult times!

We will be like the foolish man who build on the wrong foundation and lost everything when the storms came.

Jesus said, “Whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them” is like a wise man (24).

Are we building our life on the solid foundation of love and obedience to Christ?

2 comments:

  1. My Daughter and I saw a mini-van on the road today with a bumper-sticker that read, "I rely on miracles"

    We both didn't think that statement to be right. We felt you could pray for a miracle, but to 'rely on a miracle' takes away one's own self and freedoms.

    I would be interested in what you think?

    Aloha

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  2. I believe in miracles too. But I rely on the Word of God for everything. I will obey what the Scripture tell me to do. When there is no clear indication, I will depend on its principles. I will pray for God's guidance and protection. I believe in miracles from God and I believe He know how and when to help me through.

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