”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.”
(Matthew 7:26 NIV)
Most regular church goers are familiar with the story of the wise man who built his house on the rocks and the fool who built his on the sand. But, if one were to ask people what the story actually represents it’s usual that they don’t understand the point Jesus wanted to make. What is it that separated the wise man from the fool in practice? Jesus teaching didn’t in fact deal with different building techniques. The point was that the wise man heard and acted, but the fool just heard.
I read in a letter sent to a newspaper where someone wrote that, if all who attend a Christian summer conference had as their intent the assimilation of what they hear there of spiritual nourishment, in practice, they’d have their hands full. I think the respondent is right, and I know that God is pleased about every wise Christian who both hears and acts, even though it might concern a trifle matter.
Lord, I’m seeking wisdom and You show me that it’s within reach for each and everyone who reads Your Word, heeds the Holy Spirit’s directives and acts accordingly.