Red Letter Day 1: Putting Words Into Practice

2015 Lent Blog

Wednesday February 18

“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.  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.  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.   The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”   (Matthew 7:24-27)

These verses are the last verses of the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew chapters 5-7.  This is the longest continuous passage of Jesus speaking in all of scripture. As we start another season of Lent we will be focusing upon the words of Jesus spoken to us this year.  What Jesus warns here is that we need to put his words into practice to withstand the troubles of life.  Jesus himself is the one permanent anchor in life that is not shaken or moved.

Here as in other places Jesus never promises to keep away from us from the troubles of life, but that when we live with Him in faith and follow him, he enables us to endure and even prosper in the adversity life brings.

I have heard it said that a 1000 mile journey begins with one step but that is not entirely true.  A 1000 mile journey begins when you know where you are going and set your sights in that direction.  We begin this Lenten journey going where Jesus leads and asking that we put His words into practice.

God’s Blessings,
Pastor Dave

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