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Saturday/Sunday: September 21, 2022


Be Wise and Obey

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Luke 6:48)

Living in Florida there are concerns about hurricanes, especially in September, which is when the most hurricanes seem to come. Several years ago, we added an addition to our home and needed to have the roof completely redesigned. That was quite an ordeal because of all the rules about building a roof to withstand a hurricane. It was important to follow all the rules specifially, and there were many inspections to make sure everything was done according to code. The intention was to protect us and our home.

In today's verse, Jesus is using an illustration about building a house to withstand a storm. Notice his points that when we hear His Words and obey them, we are like a wise builder who follows code and builds his house to last. Obedience is the wise thing to do, especially obeying Jesus.

James says it this way: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22). Follow the rules, which means for a wise builder begin with the right foundation. For you and me the first step to building a life that pleases God is to have the right foundation, the ROCK of God.

“And no one can ever lay any other real foundation than that one we already have—Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11). If you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior and He is the foundation of your life, then you need to build on that by listening and obey God’s Word. Our building manual is the Word of God. We need to read it, meditate on it, and then do what it says, then we will be a wise master builder.

Question: Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Are you spending time each day learning how to live for Him?

Challenge: Take time to read these passages of God’s Word: Luke 6:46-48; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 and consider how you are building your life.

Prayer: Help me Lord to build my life on you. Help me to be a wise builder who hears and obeys you.

Jack Hughes, Chapel Leader -- Clearwater Threshers



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