“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever… heareth my sayings, and doeth them… is like a man which built a house, and dug deep, and laid the foundation on a rock…
But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth [sand]…” ~ Luke 6:46-49
POINTS to PONDER
- Jesus is our Lord ONLY to the extent that we obey Him. The person whose will we obey is our “Lord”.
- Obedience establishes a Believer: Obedience fashions the foundation for fortitude: a successful/victorious Christian life.
- Obedience is the POINT of Bible-studies/devotions/sermons/music/etc.: We study the Bible (God’s Word) to obey it.
- Without obedience, Bible-studies/devotions/sermons/music/etc. are useless.
Bible study (hearing God’s Word) is THE critical 1st step towards doing Gods will: fulfilling the purpose for which God made us. However, without the equally crucial 2nd step of obedience, Bible study, by itself, is impotent; making no lasting change in our lives.
QUESTIONS to QUICKEN
► Who is Lord of your life? Whose will do you obey? Do you do things as you see fit? Or, do you do what the Bible says is right? Who is Lord of your life?
► How much of what you have learned in church, Sunday school, personal devotions/Bible-study have you put into practice?
► Do you need more Bible-study or more obedience? What will have the greater impact in your life now, more Bible-study or more Bible-obedience?
The modern church is awash with Biblical teaching. Despite the presence of many false teachers, the Believer who is truly seeking God can find many helpful resources online, in books or on the radio. God has preserved the works of many good Bible teachers/expositors over the past 200+ years. And there are a good number of excellent teachers still around today.
The modern church does not suffer, primarily, from a lack of teaching: the modern church suffers from a lack of obedience. The failure of the church today is that Believers refuse to practice the teachings of Scripture: we make every excuse to do the opposite of what the Bible teaches. We will only be able to stand up to the fierce storms of life if we have a foundation built on obedience to God’s Word.
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was. But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” ~ James 1:22-25