Hearing and Obeying the Word

1Matthew 7:24-29,  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. 28  And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29  For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

If you have been a Christian for any length of time, and if you have been in the ministry even for a short time, you have noticed — not only in the lives of others, but in your own personal life and ministry, how easy it is to not hear and obey the words of Christ.

  • Have you ever noticed how easy it is for us to DISREGARD the sayings of Jesus, especially the difficult ones?
  • Have you ever noticed how easy it is for us to JUSTIFY why we aren’t doing what the Bible says we should do?
  • Have you ever noticed how easy it is to SHRUG OFF any command that contradicts our comfortable life style?
  • Have you ever noticed how we tend to CONFORM OUR FAITH AND PRACTICE around the “American Dream,” rather than allow our faith to conform us into the image of Jesus Christ?
  • Have you ever noticed how easy it is for us to RATIONALIZE why we aren’t doing what the Scriptures plainly say we should do?
  • Have you ever noticed how the “faith of our fathers” is easy to talk about, and preach about, but actually living, loving, and serving like Christ, and the early church, now that’s another story.

2THE WISE MAN HEARS AND OBEYS THE WORD OF GOD, regardless of what others say and do, and regardless of how it spoils his purpose and plans for his life!

Just Reflecting!

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