In our last reporting of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, we covered the wolves in sheep’s clothing and the false prophets. We now have to fight another problem that could keep us from entering heaven.
As Christians, it is our duty to spread the Word of God. That includes The Father’s Old Testament as well as The New Testament teachings of Jesus.
I would like to share with you an experience of mine that should serve as a good example for today’s reading of the Word.
Many years ago, I went on a recruiting trip with my company to a school in Arizona. We were looking for engineers to work in the test area to solve problems.
Often, you needed to design and build a test fixture or a specialized device to further test our products.
We interviewed around thirty engineers, looked over their transcripts and chose three. All of them accepted our job offers. After they graduated, they relocated to the wonderful Silicon Valley.
One particular person looked exceptional. His design projects looked great and from talking with him, he definitely knew his stuff. He was the one I chose for my group.
After a couple months of acclimating to the real world, I assigned him a design project: Build a simple timer to cycle a piece of equipment that we were having some problems with during cold temperatures.
It was a simple timer that emulated a computer interface and would allow us to run the equipment without having to tie up expensive test computers that were in production and earning us $5,000 per hour.
Two days later, I asked him if he was finished building the tester. He showed me a piece of paper with an incomplete design.
It turned out that he could talk the talk, but could not walk the walk. I wound up holding his hand to correct his design and finish it.
We have to be careful or we may fall into the trap of talking about Jesus, but not walking His walk..
Listen to what Jesus tells us.
Matthew 7:21-27 (NASB)
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’
23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS .’
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.
25 “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.
26 “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
27 “The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
Jesus is telling us we will get into heaven if we do the Will of His Father. That means follow all of the things Jesus told us to do in His Sermon on the Mount in addition to all the commandments, and we will be able to get into heaven.
Jesus does tell us to go out in the world and spread His Words and His Father’s words, but if that is all we do, we are going to be in for a rude awakening when we die.
A lot of the scribes and teachers of the Mosaic law talked up a good talk, but failed to put the law into practice in their own lives. They were just paying lip service to God.
Jesus tells us to act on His words. We need to apply his words to our lives. We need to live Jesus’ and God’s words.
On top of this, remember that Jesus refined the real intent of God’s laws which was to also include what was in your heart. Remember that Jesus calls us a murderer if we just wish someone was dead!
Once we take the Words of God and Jesus and act upon them, we build ourselves a very strong spiritual foundation so we will not be easily moved into sin and destruction. Jesus compares people who accept the Word of God and act upon it in their lives to those of a person who built a house upon a rock – unmovable.
With all of the sin and temptation surrounding us in our daily lives, we need an unmovable foundation. We need this so our core beliefs in Jesus and His Father will not fade. We may stray into sin occasionally, but we will always be able return to Jesus, repent and seek forgiveness.
If we do not act upon the Word of God, we will be like the person who built a house on the sand. Their house is easily destroyed, and so will our life. Actually Jesus was being kind to say it would take a storm to destroy the house built on the sand. A strong wind could topple a lot of people with weak foundations.
Have you ever stood on the edge of the ocean where just a little bit of the water washes over you feet? How did you like that cool feeling as the sand from the edges and underneath your feet gets washed away as each wavelet retreats back? It may feel good, but your foundation is being swept away! So a house built upon the sand can even be destroyed by some rain.
That is what happens when you hear and read the words of God and Jesus, but do not apply them to your life. It may feel good for now, but a storm will pull you away from their grace.
Then if you die, it will be as though Jesus never knew you in the first place! These are not my words, but those of Jesus himself.
Now God and His Son will never leave us while we are here, so we had better take advantage of that time we have with them. After we die, it will be too late and spending eternity with other fallen people and Satan will not be a pleasant experience.
Now I have a question for you: Do you choose to walk the Walk or just talk?