March 23rd, 2013: The Thirty-Fourth Day of Lent

March 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

“But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.”

~Matthew 7.26~

Christ now covers the other alternative. What is it like to hear teaching and not obey it? It’s like someone who attempts to build a house without a foundation. The ridiculousness of such a thought would have been immediately apparent to Christ’s followers, and remains obvious to us today.

One thing to note here is that Christ separates hearing and obedience. Knowing about foundations doesn’t do much good if they don’t get built. Christ says the same thing about his teaching; knowing what he preaches isn’t worth anything if his teaching is not obeyed.

This verse strikes close to home. We often devote much time to “hearing.” We read the Bible, pray, attend worship services, hear sermons, attend Bible studies, and read blogs. These are all good things, but they all fall in the “hearing” category. It remains up to us, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to put wheels on what we are learning so that we can obey.

No mistake about it, practical application of Christ’s teaching can be quite difficult. Yet, if we do not obey Christ, we live in foolishness. None of us would willingly and purposefully build a house on unstable ground, but we somehow find ways to ignore or minimize Christ’s hard teachings for us. Unstable ground; foolishness.

Now is a good time for us to consider the ways in which we hear but fail to obey. What have we heard that we chose to forget? To ignore? What have we heard that we have hesitated on? How is that “still, small” voice speaking to us now?

Lord Christ, I confess that I hear and I don’t obey. Please convict me of my lack of willingness to obey, and give me the grace to follow wherever you lead. Amen. 

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