Monday, June 4, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Obedience (6)

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock," (Matthew 7:24, 25).

* As He draws the Sermon on the Mount to a close, the Lord Jesus likens those who apply His teaching to the wise builder who constructed his house on a solid foundation. Daily obedience prepares us for the onslaught of life's storms. Complacency and disobedience offer no foundation of strength when we need it the most. Oh, that we would simply do what He says!

* The point of this concluding story in the Sermon on the Mount is that application produces preparedness. Through daily diligence in obeying the Lord Jesus, the foundation of our faith is firmly laid, wisely prepared for life's winds and rains.
Obedience is wisdom's discipline.

* The Lord Jesus touches on perhaps the most demanding aspect of the Christian life--- ongoing obedience. Relatively few believers pay the price of daily diligence, and are then prepared for the inevitable floods of life. For, obedience is wisdom's discipline, and rock-solid stability its reward.

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