But why do you call Me “Lord, Lord,” and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:46-49)
Building And Doing
Jesus is the Son of God. Believers affirm their acceptance that God sent His only begotten Son to die for men and establish His word through teaching, miracles and ultimately by His death on the cross. Few among those who call themselves believers in Jesus as the Son of God will deny His divinity. Yet in their practice and teachings they deny the Lord refusing to do the things which He says. On the one hand adherents will boldly claim a faith in Jesus and turn around on the other hand and teach doctrines that are not found in His word. Jesus told His disciples that calling Him “Lord, Lord” does not mean a person is saved. Believing that Jesus is the Son of God will not save a man if that is all he proclaims. Obedience to the word of God is where salvation is found and those words must come from the teachings of the Bible. Many call Jesus Lord but do not do the things He says. Faith requires obedience and obedience comes from hearts that are willing to follow the word of God without question. Truth is eternal. Serving God has always necessitated the willing heart of doing the will of the Lord without regard to the wisdom of man. From the beginning of time man has refused to do the will of the Lord and suffered because of it. Being a Christian is more than a name. It is completely giving the heart over to the express commands of God without question and obeying all the words of the Lord. Coming to Jesus requires the heart to hear the words of God and then do the words of God. Hearing is necessary but doing is imperative.
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who come to Jesus and hear His words and do them; and those who come to Jesus, hear His words and do not apply His words to their lives. The word has no impact on their hearts. They hear the word but to no avail. Jesus illustrates the character of these two kinds of people with a common parable everyone can understand. A man desires to build a house and finds a place of solid ground where he can dig deep and secure his house to a rock. This will bring strength, stability and security in the storms that will come. If the house is destroyed those living in the house will also be destroyed. Recently some men constructed a house on the beach in Florida when hurricane Michael came roaring through destroying everything in its path. The house was built on a solid foundation with secure strappings that protected the house from the fierce winds and surf. It stood the fiercest of storms because it was built in a secure manner. Jesus said when the floods come and stream beats vehemently against the house, it will not be shaken because it was built on the rock. Those who dwell in this kind of house will not perish. Another man decides to build a house and is unconcerned about the proper foundation. He finds a beautiful place to build his home but the soil is without foundation. Looking at both houses little difference can be seen between the two. It is not until after the stream beats vehemently against it the house built without proper foundation falls. It falls immediately. Sadly all those who thought they were safe inside the second house perish. The destruction is incredible. Hearing the words of Jesus and not doing them is likened to the man who builds his house without foundation.
The teachings of Jesus was a powerful testimony to the love of God. Many people heard Him preach and many more saw Him heal the sick and show the power of God through signs, wonders and mighty deeds. Then came the day when they killed Him on a cross and rejected His teaching. Hearing the word and seeing the miracles did not save the people. Obedience to the word of God is where salvation was found. Doing the will of the Father, acting upon the admonitions of the word, obeying the commands of the Lord – this is building a house on the solid foundation of God’s grace that will protect one from the harmful influences of Satan. The storms are coming. When the heart begins to yearn for the truth of redemption the devil will seek to take the heart away. Building a firm foundation on the rock of Jesus Christ will keep the house of truth secure and safe and save those inside. The storm may rage but under the mighty care of God the soul will be saved. This requires driving the pilings of faith deep into the soil and finding the bedrock of God’s word to establish faith through obedience. Without this care all is lost. There are two kinds of houses that men build. One is secured in the word of God and one is resting on the laurels of man’s wisdom. The storms of life will destroy one but never destroy the other. Which house do you live in?