We’re all familiar with the story the Lord Jesus tells of the two men wherein one built his house on a rock, the other on sand.
What is that rock?
Many people would automatically say, “Jesus”. However, that is not what the passage says. Lets look at it…
Matthew 7:24, 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:
Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them… So the rock is obedience. Not being hearers only but doers of the Word. And what does He tell us to do? Love each other and other people. Share the good news, the great things He has done in our lives.
It’s very simple. We complicate it.
Lastly, notice it starts with, “Therefore”. If you see the word “Therefore”, always know that it is THERE FOR something. It means this story follows something He is explaining to us. A very frightening passage. Get your Bible and read it.
Matthew 7:21-23, Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
In other words, Lord, Lord, have we not done all these wonderful things in church (see the 25ths posting)? But they never obeyed Him outside the walls of the church building. Never told anyone what Jesus did for them. Never led anyone to Christ. Never gave in secret from the heart to someone in need. Did not make a public profession of faith…daily (we’ll look at this last one at a later date).
Lets all do ourselves a favor and do a little study on how He ties “Lord, Lord” together throughout the New Testament.
Matthew 7:21, Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 7:22, Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Matthew 25:11, Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
Luke 6:46, And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Luke 13:25, When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
He is using the double title “Lord, Lord” to tie specific passages of scripture together. It would seem that obedience is more important than professing to be a Southern Baptist or Methodist. It would seem that obedience is more important than stained glass windows.