“Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.” Luke 6:47,48 (ESV)
The concept of building upon a solid foundation must have been on Richard Shanley’s mind as he raced through a resort building on the verge of collapse recently. Without warning, a 100-foot section of the ground underneath a resort villa outside Disney World disappeared into a sinkhole, causing the collapse of 30% of the three-story building. Shanley was the security guard on duty who ran through the building at 3 AM to warn residents of the imminent collapse and assisted in the evacuation of over 100 guests. Fortunately, no one was injured, but the episode vividly illustrates the point that Jesus was trying to make in these verses. For a building to be secure, it must rest on an absolutely secure foundation.
The analogy Jesus is making here is that hearing and doing His instructions is just like building a house on a solid foundation. It is always easy to hear words…but far more difficult to actually do them. The reality is that words of instruction don’t really have any impact until those words are obeyed.
We know that well as physicians when we talk to our patients about what they should do in regards to their presenting problem. The words we say will not help patients get better unless they are actually followed.
However, we ourselves must also avoid the temptation to simply read words in the Scripture and fail to follow through and really do them. We can know all the right things to do as physicians to live a healthy life, and yet not do them ourselves. Similarly, we can know all the things we should do to live a healthy spiritual life, and yet fail to do them. In essence, we might as well build our house on a sinkhole. Thus it is absolutely critical to commit to applying God’s Word to our lives.
Prayer: Lord, help me not only be a hearer of Your word, but also a doer of Your word today.