Friday, April 15, 2016

Luke 6:46-49

Luke 6:46-49
“And why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ yet you do not do that which I speak?  All who come to me and who listen to my words and who does them – I will show you to what he is similar.  He is similar to a man building a house who dug and who went deep and who set a foundation upon stone.  And after the flood came a river broke against that house.  And it was not strong enough to shake it because it was built well.  And the one who hears and who does not do is similar to a man building a house upon the earth without a foundation.  When the river broke against it, it was torn down immediately and a great ruin became of that house.”

Thoughts for Today

First Thought:

This passage is largely about obedience.  Jesus says as much in the opening. Why do we call Him Lord and not do what He says?  If we are truly submitting to Him, should we also not be obedient?

Where are you obedient to God?  Where are you saying that you are obedient but are not actually obeying the ways of the Lord?

Second Thought:

As we look at this parable, we need to fundamentally remember that this is about obedience.  When we are obedient to the Lord, we are like the man building a house on a strong foundation.  When we submit to the Lord and do as He calls, we become an impenetrable fortress than not even one of the strongest forces in nature can break through.  Our foundation should be not just the Word of God, but rather our obedient response to the Word of God.

When has obedience allowed you to stand strong in the midst of turmoil?  How do you determine that to which you will be obedient?

Third Thought:

On the flipside, when we hear the Word of God but do nothing about it we have no foundation.  When we do not practice God’s will, we have nothing upon which to reliably build our life.  When we do not routinely practice what God calls us to do we are like a house built on no foundation.  It can look really pretty while the weather is nice and there is no stress.  But when turmoil comes along, such a house will fall.  We are no difference.  If we do not practice the will of God, when pressure and stress comes in our life we will fall.

When has a lack of obedience allowed you to succumb to pressure and stress?  Why might you occasionally fall into times of a lack of obedience to God?

Passage for Tomorrow: Luke 7:1-5
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