Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 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. (Matthew 7:24-25)
I love reading. I can sit with a book for hours and easily forget the world around me.
Getting up off the couch and actually doing something? Well, sometimes that’s a different story.
The Bible instructs us to get up off our collective duffs. Read Jesus’ words at the top of this post once more. If we listen to His words AND put them into practice, He promises us a foundation that can’t be shaken.
What happens if we don’t do what He says?
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. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash. (Matthew 7:26-27)
Here’s how Jesus’ brother James put it:
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:14-17)
Or as James said elsewhere:
Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (James 1:22)
Faith is all we need to be saved by God. But our actions — through the power of the Holy Spirit as we discussed earlier this week — will demonstrate whether we truly believe or not.
True faith goes deeper than merely thinking the right things. We should DO the right things.
DO WHAT GOD SAYS
(Image credit: Shutterstock.com)