Build Your House on the Rock46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? 47 Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”
Accompanying John MacArthur sermon: The Ultimate Religious Decision
Accompanying Mark Driscoll sermon: The Beatitudes Part 2
Accompanying Matt Chandler sermon: Of Danger and Ditches
Jesus ends His sermon with an illustration of two kinds of lives - one that survives judgment, and one that does not. And so you're left with a decision - which of the two lives do you want to live?
An orthodox Jew is about as close to Christianity as you can get, right? We believe in the same Old Testament, so everything that's in there, we agree with. But they don't believe in Jesus as the Son of God. The Jews are close. But Christianity is not horseshoes - close is not good enough.
Jesus is very clear on this here. These people were calling Him "Lord, Lord" - or master of all teachers, one who speaks for Jehovah. But here's the problem. The problem is they called Him Lord but they didn't do what He said. Jesus is not looking for curiosity driven and fascinated admirers. He's looking for true followers.
It's the pattern of obedience that starts with believing, obeying the gospel. The gospel is a command to believe and be saved and then a continual pattern of obedience. John 8:31, "Whoever continues in My Word is My real disciple," mathetesalethos, real one. If you continue to obey what I say, you're My real disciple. And that's been reiterated all throughout the New Testament. The new child of God is the one who obeys Him, read that in John 15. Read it in 1 John, "If you say you abide in Christ you ought to walk the way He walked." Don't tell Me you're a believer, but you don't obey the Word of God. If you're a believer, the Word of God, the Spirit of God abides in you, you don't continue in a pattern of sin that's unbroken.
And He illustrates this truth with a simple story. If you build you life with Christ and the gospel as your foundation, then the storms of judgment can never move your home. But if your foundation is built on anything else, even if it's something "close" like Judaism, it's not going to survive the judgement.
The houses may even look identical from the outside. We can't see into people's hearts to see on what foundation they've built their lives. We can be fooled by appearances, by people who say all the right things. But God can't be fooled. God sees the heart. God knows what your foundation is built on. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him. No one.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Luke 7:1-10