“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.”
Jesus has not gone into the building industry but He is focussing on re-building people. His initial call to Peter and Andrew was, “Follow Me, and I will make you.” (Matthew 4:19) Paul reminds us that
“we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:10)
The house to which Jesus refers is that of our Christian character , the essential person within us, the true ‘me’. We have a hand in the process because we invite Him in to do His work and co-operate with Him – or delay or even refuse Him.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
The words that He speaks are not just informative or directional; they are creative, life-changing and life-giving words, because such are the words of God,
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)
These words fall either on good and receptive soil where they bear an abundant harvest, or on poor and neglected areas where they do not last, as He described in the vivid parable of the Sower. The choice is ours. If we accept and cherish His words, allowing them to be our guide and foundation in life, our characters and faith become stronger and more able to bear with both the abundance and the storms of life. If we do not, we become like sand castles on the beach, attractive until the waters arrive to demolish them – or just a passing little boy!
Read the Gospels. Note the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew. Identify Jesus building blocks and take them into your life.
Lord Jesus You have spoken words of life to me, Please help me to recognise them and make them a part of my life. Amen.