HOST: Michael Whitworth
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”
This passage highlights the danger of doing nothing. We typically think of the man who built his house on the sand (better known from Matthew’s account) as being one who founded his life on sinful, worldly things, one who had actively rejected God and filled his life with ungodly and wicked pursuits. But this is not the picture that Luke paints in his record of Jesus’ teaching. Notice that “the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation...” Many people feel that, by attempting to “ride the fence” and not make a decision one way or the other about Christ, whether to reject Him or accept Him, they are safe on middle ground. But Jesus teaches us that not making a decision is just as destructive to our lives as to actively reject Him. There is only one way to build our lives on a firm foundation—to accept Him and live by His words.
Why is the middle ground of non-committal not a good foundation for our lives?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!