Be the Wise Builder
In Matthew 7:24-27 and Luke 6:47-49,
Jesus tells the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders in order to
explain the importance of our actions.
Jesus says, "Not everyone who says
to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he
who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 7:21
Jesus says that the wise builder is the
one who builds his house on a rock by listening to Jesus' teachings
and doing them. The difference between the wise builder and the
foolish builder is their actions. The foolish builder hears, but then
does not act on what he has heard.
Why Our Actions Matter
Our actions matter because we show what
we believe by what we do. Jesus makes this point clear when he speaks
about the two sons who are both asked to work for their father. The
first son says, "'I will not,' but afterward he repented
himself, and went." However, the second son says, "'I go,
sir,' but he didn't go." Jesus then asks, "Which of the two
did the will of his father?" (Matthew 21:29-31 WEB)
What we say is worthless without the
supporting actions. This fact is the reason why James says, "Faith,
if it has no works, is dead in itself." (James 2:17 WEB)
This week, remember to be the wise
builder who builds their foundation on the rock of God's word. Rather
than simply know it, we must live it.
Live for Jesus Christ in response to
his death for you. Jesus says, "I came that they may have life,
and may have it abundantly." (John 10:10 WEB)
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