46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
What stands out in this parable is that both builders recognized Jesus as their Lord, and they embarked on constructing their lives, symbolized by the houses, with the purpose of being in His service. Nevertheless, the impact of their actions far outweighed their words.
The first builder puts Jesus’ teachings into practice. This person’s faith is not merely lip service or a Sunday event, but a commitment to live out the principles and values Jesus teaches. When the storms of life come, as they always do, this person’s life stands firm. The foundation of faith in Christ supports them through difficulties and trials.
The second builder represents those who may call Jesus their ‘Lord’ but fail to align their lives with His teachings. Their faith remains superficial, grounded in words rather than action. They haven’t allowed Jesus to fill their hearts and provide them with new life. When the storms of life come, their foundation proves weak, and their lives crumble.
I am challenged to consider the authenticity of my faith. Am I actively living in obedience to His word? True faith, as Jesus reveals, involves more than words; it encompasses a life built upon His teachings, a life with a deep, unwavering foundation in Him.
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for the overwhelming love of our Lord Jesus. Help us to build our lives on the solid foundation of His words. Grant us the wisdom and courage to put His teachings into practice daily, so that our faith may be authentic and reflect Your glory.
In your precious name, Jesus. Amen
Written by Sven Bessesen