24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
These last paragraphs of chapter 7 bring to a close the last three chapters, the sermon on the mount. Jesus gives us another brilliant word picture of storms and the foundations of houses, something his hearers were familiar with and today the imagery is not lost. He again is challenging us, storms will come, what are our lives built on?
What has captured my attention, that I’ve not see previously, is v 24 and v26 .. “everyone who hears these words of mine”. You don’t hear someone speaking if you are not close enough to them when they speak. So as when Jesus literally spoke these words, everything that he said on the mount, he was talking directly to those who were there, and now he is talking directly to me and you, those of us who are believers, in church, followers of Jesus who are ‘hearing’ his words. I’ve always thought that I was safe as I had built on the rock, I was a believer, but the twist that I saw is that even though I’m a Christian, if I’m not practicing/living and doing what Jesus has said in his sermon (Chapts 5 to 7) then I’ve built my life on sand so that when storms come, and they have, I’ve been in trouble.
Lord Jesus, this passage has sobered me, I know that there have been many times where I have heard your words but not listened, been foolish and not put them into practice and therefore have been living on sand. Lord Jesus forgive me and help me to live a wise life based on your Word.
Written by Suzie Hodgson