Sand Castles

Readings Matthew 7

This has nothing to do with the article, just was hungry.

 

Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV)
24 “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.
25 The 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.
26 But 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.
27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

 

Dear builders,

I lived in Florida for about six years when I was a child.  Sand was a big part of my life down there.  It seemed to get everywhere.  It destroyed my mini ocean liner, it caused hours of vacuuming and sweeping, and emptying out shoes, and getting out of ears and underwear.  Yet it was so beautiful and fun to walk in, and explore in.  I remember building castles in the sand.  When the tide came in, you would never be able to tell I had ever made any.  Still I would do it again and again.  Nobody could tell me enough times that it would be destroyed by the water.  I would keep building them close to the water, because that is where they were easiest to build.  Easy isn’t always better.

How many sermons have we heard, times we have read Scripture, verses we have tried to memorize, and we do not seem to change.  It’s as if we have the verse in James backwards, be hearers of the word only, not doers, rather than “ But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” James 1:22 (NASB95) It is easier to complain about the way we think things should be rather than do what we should be doing.  Easy isn’t better.

The verse above in Matthew 7:24 tells us that it is when we put into practice what Jesus taught, is when we really get it, it is when we are showing wisdom, it is when we are loving God.  Let’s just take a look at some of the verses in chapter 7, and see if we are acting wisely or not.

Matthew 7:1-5 (NIV)
1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?
5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

How many are critical of others, and have something they need to deal with themselves?

Matthew 7:9-12 (NIV)
9 “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

How many are more concerned with the fact that others are not doing it to them, rather than listening to the words of Jesus, and doing to others what you would want them to do to you.

Go back to Matthew 6 and see what other things we are involved in that isn’t very wise.   Remember our discussion about storing up treasures in Heaven.  How wise were you today?  Did you store anything up today, or is it going to burn up in the fire?

If we know the Word of God, then we need to obey the Word of God.

I believe each of us need to examine the Word, and seek God in how He can live through us and use our bodies in reaching out to others.   Let’s be other focused.  That is what Jesus was/is all about.

Where are we spending our time?  How are we spending it?  Look around.  Who is in need of God’s love?

Do unto them, as you would want them to do to you!    (Not wait until they do it unto you first!)

If we had to love God first for Him to love us, we would still be waiting.  Praise God that He loved us first!   Offer your body to Him as a living sacrifice and let Him continue to love others through you.  It is as God uses you for what you were created for, that you will begin to understand the fruit of the Spirit, the power of God, the presence of Christ, and then the things of this world will grow less and less consuming, as you are consumed by God’s loving kindness as He uses broken vessels like us to reach the hurting and lost.

Not wanting to build my house on sand,

Steve

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