Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Thought of the Day !!

Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.  But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.
                                                                 Matthew 7:24;26 (NLT)

This comes at the end of Jesus' teachings that we now call the Sermon on the Mount.  He speaks of people being wise when they build their houses on something solid that is reliable and not going anywhere.  This makes sense.  You don't build a house until you have a firm foundation.

But often times people build the houses of their lives on something much less solid than the Rock of Christ.  Houses can be built upon the sandy soil of a person's income or personality or reputation or anything else that helps them get by in this world.  The problem is that when the winds blow and the floods come these houses can crumble because of nothing stable underneath. 

Matthew uses the word "moros", which we translate as foolish here.  Can anyone guess what we get from this word?  Moron.  How about this?  Jesus is teaching the people the moral law, or the moral (right) way to live.  If they hear what he has to say and simply ignores him, they are foolish.  Or it could be said that this would be a moronic thing to do. 

As Christians, we hear the word of God through sermons, bible studies, prayer and especially Scripture.  The moronic thing for us would be to listen and proclaim that these are wonderful teachings, but just unrealistic for us in today's world.  That's done more than we want to admit.  It's done every time we say we cannot forgive or cannot turn the other cheek or cannot love our enemy.  For with God all things are possible.  And with Christ as the foundation of our lives, we can do whatever He asks of us...and our lives will be filled...and we will be wise.

In the love of Christ,


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