Storm Warning

Lou Lotz

Read: Matthew 7:24-27

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (v. 24)

As anyone who has had teenagers will tell you, listening to instruction is one thing, doing it quite another. At the conclusion of his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, in effect, “All right, you’ve heard my words, but if you don’t act on them, putting into practice what I’ve told you, you’re heading for trouble.”

To be more precise, trouble is heading for you. Jesus does not pull any punches. He does not say if the floods come and if the wind blows. The floods will come and the winds will blow, and whether the life you’ve built holds together or falls apart will depend on the strength and stability of your foundation. Have you built on rock or sand? Have you put into practice the words of Christ, weaving his teachings into the fabric of your life, or have you been merely a polite listener?

The man who builds his house on the sand is not a villain. He is not, so far as we know, corrupt or wicked. Jesus describes him, simply, as foolish. The Greek word is moros, from which comes the English word “moron.” If we have the word of life, the way of salvation, and we do not act on it, we are fools. Morons.

It’s not too late to shore up your foundation. Don’t be a fool. “Be doers of the word,” says James, “and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (1:22). —Lou Lotz

Prayer: Lord, help me to build my life on you.