Devotional: ‘Those Who Hear and Do’

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Matthew 7:24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” ESV

Howard Hendricks, noted author and former professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, once said – “The home is the number one influence in the life of your child. They average church has a child 1% of his time, the home has him 83% of his time and the school for the remaining 16%.” Many parents blame what goes on in the school system or what doesn’t go on in the church as the reason for how their child turns out; yet 83% of what happens in a child’s life occurs while they are in their home.

In Matthew 7, Jesus describes two homes, which in many ways were very similar, yet at the same time were very different.

What were some of the similarities? Both men built a home and both men experienced a storm.

What were some of the differences? The most obvious difference is that one house weathered the storm while the other home didn’t. What determined whether or not the home weathered the storm? Again the most obvious answer is – their foundation. One house was built upon the sand while the other house was built upon a rock. What determined their foundation? Consider what Jesus said –

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock.

26  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand.

The key to understanding the truth Jesus was trying to convey is found in two phrases – “and doeth them” / “and doeth them not.” It’s not what we hear that determines whether or not our house is built upon a solid foundation. It’s what we do with what he hear. I pray that today’s devotional will inspire us all to desire to be wise people who build their house upon the solid rock of God’s truth.

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