Jesus ended the “Sermon on the Mount” by saying what every teacher wants to say–“I have given you some pretty life changing stuff here, thanks for listening, BUT, now go do it!” (Mike Smith paraphrase) He gave them the illustration of building a house on a solid foundation or on a sand pile–one will last and the other is assured to collapse. Jesus knew that many would walk away saying that what he said was great, but, then they would resume their lives of defeat and hopelessness. As one that loved them as only God could, he hated to see them miss out by simply filing the message away as “good advice”.
God’s way runs counter to the ways of the world. As men face each day, there is little to point them toward God. All life’s influences are opposed to the very simple truth that if we will seek God first, He will add the rest. (Matt 6:33) Jesus, knowing this, urged those listening to not only listen to the message, but actually put it into practice. If they would, he explained, then they would build a life of purpose that would stand up to the many trails and temptations that life presents.
Here, 2000 years later, we are faced with the same choice. We can either choose to follow the Lord, heed his advice, and live selfless purpose driven lives; or, we can follow the world’s leading and attempt to live independent of God. If we follow him, when the storms of life hit and rock our world, we will be able to bear up under it-because our foundation is solid. Conversely, apart from God, our lives will inevitably become a pile of sticks, stones and debris–because our lives are then built on the ever-shifting and never lasting culture we call the world.
One need only look back at the last 20 years to see how much values and morals can shift. There are no absolutes, no perameters, no solid foundation–on which to build a life. Jesus knew then, and still urges us today–don’t only hear this message; live this message! Help me, Lord, to not only hear your message, but also live it!
God Bless You
“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. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.