Reading: Luke 6:46-49
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
To listen to Jesus and not obey him is to ignore him, it is to condemn ourselves to ruin. That is what this passage is talking about. If we listen to Jesus’ voice and do not act on it, we are like the fool who builds on the sand. To be wise, and to build on the rock, is to obey the Lord.
Now, I would like us to think about two things in this passage. The first is to whom it is addressed. To those who call Jesus Lord, but are not really living under his lordship. To call Jesus Lord is to live as his servants.
And the second thing I’d like to think about is: what meaning does this passage take on as we consider the immediately preceding?
To build on the rock is: to love the one who hates me, to be kind to the one who despises me, not to cling to this world but to have my eyes on the Heavens, to rejoice to serve and even be counted worthy to suffer for His Name, to look within and let the Spirit transform it every day by His Word.
That is true obedience, to depend on Christ, more and more each day.
MEDITATE: Is Jesus Lord of each of our days? Are we growing in dependence and trust on Him?