PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 7:24-29
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice…” (Matthew 7:24)
Sunday after Sunday we are in church to hear the words of Jesus.
For many this is one of the most important parts of being a christian.
But hearing Jesus does not make one a christian, following Jesus does.
And not just following Him to places to hear Him some more.
Wisdom for Jesus is seen in the person who aims to put His words into practice.
Living and doing what Jesus says is the most important part of being a christian.
In these few chapters (Matthew 5-7) we already have more than enough to work on.
But doesn’t this emphasis on ‘doing’ make salvation about what we do?
No, it all starts in what Jesus does for us, and only He can do that.
But it does not end there; we have been saved from folly for wise living.
We have been set free from selfish, hurtful, greedy, lustful lifestyles.
We will still struggle, for sin is still part of our life, but now so is Jesus.
Our efforts will be imperfect, but the Spirit of Jesus will help us, and we will improve.
All the sermons in the world will not help us, if we refuse to do what Jesus says.
Lord, You are very specific in these words about what You want me to do. Help me to see what You say as not just rules to follow, but as the wisest and best way to live!