Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
Matthew 7:24 – Scripture of the Day (January 27, 2014)
The Psalmist said something similar in Ps. 1:1-3: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”
As did James in James 1:21-25: “Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. for he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”
As did Paul in Romans 6:17-18: “But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.”
In Luke’s account of Jesus’ telling of the parable of the wise man who built his house on the rock, he precluded it by asking, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46-49). That’s a very good question. We so want Jesus to be our Savior, and we have no problem calling him “Lord”…but do we allow our foolish, stubborn, selfish pride and rebelliousness to keep us from obeying him and thus receiving our salvation? (Heb. 5:9; Matt. 7:21-27)