The Lord Jesus spoke about two builders.
The wise and foolish builders
Matthew 7:24 ‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.’
Those who truly love the Lord Jesus Christ
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
Can you see the consistency of the Lord’s teaching?
In Matthew 7 the wise builder was like the person described in John 14:23. Whereas the foolish builder was like the person described in John 14:24.
So to be like the loving and obedient disciple of the Lord Jesus, you have to do 2 things:
- 1. Learn what the teachings of the Lord Jesus are and study them.
- 2. Then put them into practice and lovingly obey them.
It takes time!
The Apostle Paul, a disciple personally chosen by the Lord Jesus to witness for him to both Jews and Gentiles, was teaching Jews and it was hard going, so he rebuked them but stayed in the area. He waited for the ones who wanted to be taught about the Lord.
Acts 28:30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. 31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ – with all boldness and without hindrance!
Something to think about.
I have been living in Birmingham for 30 years and in all that time, not one person has visited me in my home in order to learn about the Lord Jesus Christ, Salvation and the Kingdom of God. I have lived in my current home in Stirchley for 18 years 4 months. I have even advertised my ministry, but nobody has responded.
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