walk in the word
Category:Your Walk With God
“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers . . .” James 1:22
A number of years ago, our church family purchased a large, vacant warehouse to convert into a functional church building. It was amazing to watch the builders work in the raw space. They had little tables set up all over the place, each one covered with blueprints. And they were always checking the blueprints and then going back to their work, checking the blueprints and then going back to their work, again and again. It should be no different for us as we build our families, our homes, and our lives. Almighty God has given us a blueprint—His Word. We need to focus constantly on the blueprint.
That’s the truth of Matthew 7:24-27: “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
Two Kinds of Houses
Let’s look at this passage a little more closely. Notice that there are two kinds of houses. Do you see that? First, there’s the house built on the sand. This house was really easy to finish. It didn’t require a lot of effort or work—just slap together the house, put a deck in the backyard, grab a glass of iced tea, and watch the crazy guy next door digging a foundation. Building the house on the sand was a very easy thing to do. Neither the price paid nor the quality of the job was very high. How different from the house built on the rock! The house built on the rock took a lot of work. There were many weeks of digging and drilling and pouring before anything was even visible. The guy was exerting a lot of effort, but you can just imagine people saying, “Lighten up, dude! Why are you so focused on the foundation? You can’t live in a foundation, man. Get the house up!”
Two Kinds of Builders
Not only are there two kinds of houses, but also two kinds of builders. The builder who built on the sand, Jesus calls foolish. In fact, the word there in the Greek literally means blockhead. A foolish person was someone who failed to weigh matters in order to choose what was best. The foolish man did not discern, and so he chose sand. He took the safe, easy, and popular route—and he paid the price for it. On the other hand, the wise builder knew that the foundation was the key to a good home. He knew that faster was not better. The wise man knew that no temporary pleasure could compensate for the pain of having his home crash down on his head.
One Kind of Experience
Third, while there are two kinds of houses and two kinds of builders, there is only one kind of experience. Look back at the verses in Matthew 7. What same thing came to each home? The storm. Without exception, every family encounters storms. Financial crises, health issues, and the death of a child or loved one are just a few of the storms that families face. I don’t know which heartache is headed for your home, but a storm is coming. I wish it were not true, and I wish I had the power to protect you from it, but storms come to every home.
Two Kinds of Outcomes
Finally, we see two kinds of outcomes. The house built on the sand experienced total collapse. Just imagine the regret and shame, the pain and devastation! But the house built on the rock experienced endurance. What relief, security, joy, and victory!
Hearing Isn’t Enough
I want you to take this part very seriously. Let me ask you, “Who are the ‘sandy builders’ in this passage?” They are the foolish people. But look more closely at Matthew 7:26. They are the people who are hearing but not doing. So let’s dispense with the notion that the people building on the sand are relaxing in bed rather than worshiping God in church on Sunday mornings. Not so! They are hearing God’s truth regularly, but they are doing nothing about it. Does that describe you? Don’t wait for the storms of life to force you to your knees. Let the Word of God change your course of action right now, and in humility acknowledge that you need to start doing what you’re hearing.
Now look again at verse 24, and consider what it means to build on the rock. Jesus says, “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them.” Again, it’s not about hearing the Word; it’s about doing it. I urge you to make a plan. Call a friend and say, “You know what? I’m convicted about this area of my life, and I need to see it change. I’m asking God and you to help me.” Don’t go to church and let the worship and the Word stir your heart week after week, but then exit no different than you entered! Psalm 95:7-8 says, “Today, if you would hear His voice, do not harden your heart.”
I challenge you right now: Follow the blueprint.
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