A DISCIPLE MUST HAVE A STRONG FOUNDATION
In Luke 6:46-49 Jesus contrasts the lives of two men, one whose life was built on a strong foundation, and stood firm under the storms of life, and another man who had no foundation, and fell when the storms arose.
“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?
“Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:
“He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.
But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”
In this parable Jesus explained the necessary components for a strong spiritual foundation. A. “…comes to Me…” – To move toward.
This implies taking deliberate steps toward Christ by receiving Him as Lord and Savior. Once we have accepted Him, His desire is for us to continue to enter into His presence daily in order to give Him our heart, confess our sins, experience His love and forgiveness, and develop a relationship with Him.
B. “…hears My sayings…” – To hear with attention, to hearken or listen to.
After we come to Christ for salvation, Jesus said that we must then listen to Him. God has
given us His Word.
Jesus Christ desires to have an abiding relationship with us through prayer and reading and meditating upon His Word, that we might learn to recognize His voice, know His will, and become His disciples.
C. “…does them…” – To produce or bring about, obvious external acts. To live out God’s Words in our lives by obedience.
The third component is to obey. Jesus proclaimed that in order for our lives to be built upon a strong foundation, we must obey Him. God’s Word changes or transforms our hearts. When we surrender our will to God, He gives us the power to obey. An abiding relationship with Christ will produce fruit for His glory and the edification of others.
“COMES TO ME” – RECEIVE
“HEARS MY SAYINGS” – ABIDE
“DOES THEM” – OBEY
These components are inter-related; one is the by-product of the other. After receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior, our daily abiding relationship with Him, entering into His presence and hearing His voice enables us to obey. We cannot obey unless we abide; we cannot receive His word unless we come to Him daily. This is what Jesus meant when He said that without Him we could do nothing!
Christ calls us to a standard of devotion that places our relationship with Him as our supreme goal in life and His Word as our daily bread.