Hearing The Words Of Jesus And Doing Them

Matthew 7:24–27 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 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. 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. 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.”

Karie and I are team leading the 3rd and 4th grade Wednesday connection class at Bethlehem this year. I am co-teaching the lessons with another teacher. The curriculum we are going through is from Desiring God Ministries. It is called The Way Of The Wise. It is mostly a study on wisdom through the book of Proverbs. The lessons show that there are two paths of life; the way of the wise, which leads to life; and the way of the fool, which leads to death.

My family doesn’t currently have any children in 3rd or 4th grade this year. So it seems good to me to take the truths of this curriculum and share them with my own kids. It also seems good to me to share these truths with you on this blog so you might learn, and then turn and share them with your own kids. I am going to create a new category on the side of this blog called The Way Of The Wise. Each lesson in the curriculum has one main point and one main text. But there are additional texts which can be brought in to give further weight to the main point. I think I am going to spend one week per lesson on this blog. I most likely won’t be posting every day, but I hope to post often enough for all of us to grow in wisdom.


Every person does one of two things when they hear the words of Jesus. They either do what he says or they do not. The person who does what Jesus says is building his life upon the rock. The person who does not do what he says is building his life upon sand. Interestingly enough, both homes look stable and solid from ground level.

It seems from the words of Jesus that only the storms of life can show forth the condition of a person’s foundation. When things are good, both houses look the same. But when the storm comes, the house on the rock stands, and the one on the sand crumbles.

The storms show forth the condition of the foundation, but by closer inspection, the homeowner’s lives should be radically different from one another. The person who’s house in built on the foundation of Christ are daily living out and doing the words of Jesus. The person who’s house is built upon sand goes to church just like the wise person. He or she even hears the words of Jesus. Yet, the foolish person never does the words of Jesus. And because he or she never does the words of Jesus; their lives crumble under the storms of life.

What is the foundation you are building your life upon? You might think you are building your foundation upon Christ because no storms have passed over your home lately. Maybe the only way for you to know without storms is to ask and answer the question for yourself: am I daily obeying the words of Christ? People who have built their life upon Christ are obedient to their Carpenter. Whereas the people who have built upon another foundation have shunned the wisdom of King Jesus.

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