The Wise and Foolish Builders
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. 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. 27The 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.
Hearing is not enough. Doing is what separates Christians from non-Christians. Someone once told me, and I believe he was quoting someone, that even Satan himself believes in Jesus. Too many Americans claim Christianity, but don’t live Christianity.
As a Younglife leader I often heard high school student tell me that they believed in Jesus and went to church on Sunday wasn’t that good enough? IT was always interesting to see their response when I told them no, that truly loving Jesus was to follow him and obey his commands. It wasn’t just saying, “I believe in Jesus,” and then doing whatever you please. That path does not lead to the Kingdom. These words are harsh, but I could not and can not tell a lie about something like that. So I ask today for you to take a look at your faith. Do you merely believe in Jesus because in America that is the cultural norm? Or do you wish to/have a personal relationship with the Creator, loving Him as he has loved you?