On Sunday we spent some time in Luke 6. At first, Jesus was addressing “the multitudes” but then He turned his attention to His disciples. He spoke to them about loving their enemies (v. 27-36) and Judging others (v. 37-42). He also used a metaphor to describe the “good fruit” that comes from those who are following Him (v. 43-45). Jesus then had this to say:
46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? 47 Everyone who comes to me and hears my words AND DOES THEM, I will show you what he is like: 48 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. 49 But the one who hears AND DOES NOT DO THEM is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” ~Luke 6:46-49
Verse 46 was a major rebuke! One that I have been considering for a couple weeks now. Do I do what Jesus commanded? Do I even know what all He commanded?! Some of you mentioned the questions that I had for self-reflection:
~ Am I doing ALL that Jesus told me to do?
~ Do I have the right motives in doing the things Jesus told me to do?
(The following can help evaluate)
- Do I DESIRE to know & love God?
- Do I read His Word?
- Do I do what He says (obey)?
There are many commands from Jesus mentioned in the Gospels. Practicing these commands produces good fruit in our lives and it establishes a strong foundation for when life’s storms rage around us. Practice does not make us perfect, but it definitely helps make progress. Progress in our own lives and progress for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
How are you practicing?
Lastly... As you read the commands of Christ, it doesn’t take long to realize you CAN’T do what Jesus commands in your own strength. By design, Jesus is showing us that we need to call on Him and trust Him to help us fulfill what He is calling us to. It shows our faith in Him, and it GIVES THE FATHER GLORY when we obey.
Thank you, Lord, for giving your righteous commands and for giving us your Holy Spirit (our helper - John 14:26) to follow them.
Jesus is our “good”...He is our “foundation”. Bless you as you seek to know and obey Him. And remember, practice makes progress!