Daily reading: Matthew 7:24-27
June 26, 2015

Focus scripture: “Everybody who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise builder who built a house on bedrock.” Matthew 7:24

There is a big difference between saying something and actually living it out.

We can say we want to rearrange the furniture in our living room or that we are going to work on the garden or go to the lengths to make a home cooked meal or do the laundry or refinish a piece of furniture, it is entirely an another thing to actually do the work.

It is one thing to dream about what it would be like to go on a mission trip and it is entirely another thing to participate in one.  It is one thing to dream about being a parent than it is to be one.

We might say we love Jesus but it is another thing to go out and be that loving presence in our community, in our neighborhoods and in our homes.

Jesus offers us a parable of two men setting out to build houses.

The first builds his house on rock and despite everything , the weather and flash-floods can throw at it – it remains standing.

The second man builds his house on sand.  This time, the winds and flash-floods undermine the shallow foundations of the house and it collapses.

It isn’t enough to hear Jesus’ words, we also have to act on them.

Prayer:  God help me to fully live into your teachings so that they are not just words to think about but a guide for an faithful life.  Amen.


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