Luke and The Lost
Many products come with a guarantee that states “built to last”. Of course we can’t always trust those words UNLESS the words are followed by true actions in the product. Does it stand the test of time and use? Does it still work after many years? Does it keep going and going strong even when it is used in rough situations?
Jesus tells us another truth about His Word to us. We are “built to last” if we do what He says. We need to take what He says and work it into our lives, not as good words to say, but as words that lead to righteous, helpful actions. We become the Words because the Words are our foundation for living life well. His Word in our lives become our habit for living if intentionally practiced. We are getting there if we act upon His Word in us without even thinking about it. Are we there, yet?
Workers will come to build a small deck on the back of our home today. It will be squared and tied into the foundation of our home. If we didn’t have a firm foundation the deck would just be a floating addition, tied to nothing. When the rain and snow comes, the deck would most likely float away. The deck will not be just an addition, then, to our home, it will become part of the home itself. Get it?
God’s Words are not meant to become something nice to say on Sundays. His Words are not “tack ons” to our busy lives. His Words are to become a part of us that pump as much life into our actions as our heart pumps blood into our veins. Both provide Life. Real Life. A life built to last…for eternity!
Luke 6, The Message
Work the Words into Your Life
43-45 “You don’t get wormy apples off a healthy tree, nor good apples off a diseased tree. The health of the apple tells the health of the tree. You must begin with your own life-giving lives. It’s who you are, not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds.
46-47 “Why are you so polite with me, always saying ‘Yes, sir,’ and ‘That’s right, sir,’ but never doing a thing I tell you? These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on.
48-49 “If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last. But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help us to be wise, smart, insightful carpenters who build our lives upon Your Word. May our actions reflect You and Your Word and bring you glory and praise!
In Jesus Name, Amen