Matthew 7: 21-27
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
4″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. 25The 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. 26But 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. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

It is not in the Hearing, but in the Doing


We can hear and have knowledge of many things through our life.  Some things we will embrace mentally, philosophically, morally and spiritually.  There are many things that can play into our belief system, but how does it come out in who we are as a person and how we live.  Jesus came as the Way, the Truth and the Life.  Many people heard of Him and still do.  Many people read the Bible, go to church and listen to the Word of God being preached and taught.  Many people embrace the ideas of Christianity and even claim to be Christians, but here in this passage Jesus is defining what a true Christian and disciple is.  Strangely enough He is telling us that there will be those who operated out of the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit.  There will be those who actually performed miracles and prophesied in the name of the Lord, but that in itself does not qualify them for the kingdom of heaven.  You see we can experience the Lord and even know all about Him, but what counts is our relationship with Him.
I can know another woman.  She can be my friend and I can know all about her, but it doesn’t make her my wife.  For her to be my wife we need to enter into a covenant relationship with one another where our lives and purpose are no longer two but one.  I must enter into a level of intimacy and commitment with her that I can have with no other.  I come to know her in the most intimate sense of relationship and she knows me in that same way.  The same is true of our commitment and relationship with Jesus.  We can’t just rub spiritual shoulders and say that we really know Him and are in that intimate relationship with Him.  Our covenant with Christ is a spiritual union where we come to know Him as our husband.  He gave His life for us and now our life becomes lost to self-identity and one in Him.  The proof of that relationship is in the doing.  It is not just good works, religious deeds or even miracles and spiritual manifestations.  It is in practicing His presence where He is a part of all that you are and do.  His Words go from our head to our hearts and they become expression through the way that we live our lives.  They become the expression of His love and life that we are to others.  We learn to walk by the Spirit and no longer in the flesh.
Jesus likens His Word to building a foundation.  The sand is like the Word without the substance.  If we just build on the Words and the ideas we are building a house on a sand foundation.  It may work okay for awhile, but when the storms and adversities of life come it will fall because there is no substance that binds the sands of God’s truth to our lives.  If we take sand and mix it with cement and water we have come away with concrete which is like the rock.  It takes the Word, the embracing and practicing of that Word in practical life experience along with the water, which is like the Spirit that helps the sand and cement to become one.  As we know Christ we are able to endure things and withstand temptation and trials, because His life has become solidified within us.  We know longer see ourselves apart from Him, but one with Him.  The manifestation of His life is in our actions and not just in our words.   When we face the storms of testing and trials our faith will stand because our lives are embedded in Christ and in Him we live and move and have our being.
We can’t build a house on the sand of what we know or even what we believe in our heads.  It has to be built upon an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ wherein we know Him intimately and personally.  We have need of the water and the cement that binds that sand to our hearts and lives and makes us one with Him.

Blessings,
kent

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