Lessons from Jesus

House Building

Luke 6:47 – “Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like:”

Jesus finishes this first section of teaching by comparing his listeners with builders and dividing them into two types. One group hear what He has said and do what He has taught; the second group hear what was said and disregard it as unimportant.

When we hear and do, we are “like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.” We accept the truth of Jesus teaching and choose to build our lives on His principles and His promises which are sure and steadfast. When the rains come and the challenges of life bombard us, like a river bursting its banks, we remain unshaken. When we anchor ourselves to Christ and live our lives in obedience to Him, our foundation remains secure.

Conversely, “the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” In this scenario there is no foundation and that’s the key to this whole analogy – obedience to God’s word –

“everyone who hears my words and does them…”

These two houses may have looked the same from the outside but the builders took two different roads. One chose the broad and easy road, building on self-righteousness with no foundation. The other chose the narrow and hard road, building on the teaching of Jesus and God’s Righteousness which is a solid foundation. To withstand the trials, we must be doers of the Word – we must Trust and Obey.

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