“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. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” –Matthew 7:24-27
Hey New Life!
In today’s devotional, Jesus tells the parable of two foundations in Matthew 7:24-27 comparing to the differences between the sand and rock foundations to people “who hear my words and do them,” versus those “who hear and do not do them.” Marc mentioned that the word “to hear” also meant “to study” back in Jesus’ day.
Today, Marc challenged us to make studying the words of Jesus a part of our everyday lives and discipline, and to do that not just by ourselves but with others! Being his disciple is not just about knowing his words or believing something about him or even believing in him. Being his disciple is doing what he said. Remember, in John He says, “If you love me, you will obey my commandments.”
Question: What do you need to be doing today to implement the teachings of Jesus in your life? How can you challenge and encourage those around you to follow Jesus more perfectly in their doing?
Family Chat: How long do sand castles last? What about a building built on solid rock, how long would that last? Then, tell them about the story Jesus told in today's lesson.
Take Action: Find a few people today who you will trust to ask you the hard questions, and you can ask them the same. Commit to a season of accountability as we learn and grow in following Jesus more perfectly in our doing.