Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
2 GATES, 2 GUIDES, Now, 2 foundations. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell-and great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24-27)
NOTE similar things about each one: 1. Each person hears the words of Jesus. 2. Each person faces the same rain, floods, and blowing winds slamming against them.
NOTE the differences between the two: 1. Each person responds differently to the words he has heard—one by acting upon the words of Jesus and the other by not acting upon them. 2. Each person experiences a different result-one does not fall down and the other falls flat!
I am now convinced that most of our lives have been lived on a foundation of sand. It’s what I call the “sandcastle lifestyle”. What Jesus is saying is so simple and so profound. Jesus wants only two things from us:
- He wants each of us to listen to his words.
- He wants each of us to act upon what he says to do. Listen to Jesus and do what he says to do, no more and no less.
If you hear his words and are careful to do them, no matter what comes in against you, your house will stand! If you hear his words and don’t do them, the very same rain, floods, and winds, will collapse your house flat, dramatically! HOW’S YOUR HOUSE STANDING? Which foundation are you counting on?
Now, at the end of Jesus’ words, Matthew says: When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes. (Matthew 7:28-29)
Jesus spoke so powerfully that it amazed all those who heard him. This Jesus is for real! Jesus is so attractive! Jesus is the most irresistible One ever!
HERE’S WHERE THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT ENDS…
AND, A SERIES OF RANDOM 180’S THROUGH MATTHEW BEGINS.