A Solid Foundation

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.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.  — Matthew 7:26-27 (NIV)

Jesus’ longest recorded sermon is the Sermon on the Mount.  It is full of practical ways to live for the Kingdom of God.  Jesus clearly defines what a Kingdom person looks like.  The one thing that a Kingdom person will do is to put His words into practice.  Why?  Because they provide a solid foundation for our lives.  He compares the wise and foolish people with two men building homes.  One builds his home on a foundation of rock and the other on a foundation of sand.  When the storms come, one house stands and the other falls flat.

How true is this in our lives?  When the storms of life come, we discover the foundation on which we’ve built our lives.  If we are putting Jesus’ words into practice (especially, I believe, Matthew 6:25-34), then we can withstand the storm.  If we are not putting Jesus’ words into practice, our lives fall apart quickly.  As we face storms in our lives over the next few weeks, may we read Jesus’ words and put them into practice.  It’s not good enough just to hear them.  We need to live them!

Have a great weekend!


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