Rock Solid

“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name we cast out demons, and in Your name we did many mighty works?’ And then I will confess to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you who work iniquity!’ Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and does them, I will compare him to a wise man who built his house upon the rock:  and the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew and fell against that house; and it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them, will be compared to a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And its fall was great.” (Matthew 7:22-27)

The permanence of the house did not depend on its construction, but on the foundation. Prophecy, casting out demons and mighty works are good, like building a nice house; but if the foundation is not obedience to these words of Jesus He will not recognize them. “These” words that He refers to will build our foundation:

  • Rejoice in adversity and persecution
  • Let your light shine before men
  • Do and teach His commandments
  • Keep our relationships healthy
  • Keep our soul clean
  • Bless others generously
  • Never return evil for evil
  • Give, fast and pray in secret
  • Forgive
  • Keep our treasure in Heaven, do not serve money
  • Do not worry, seek God first
  • Do not judge
  • Ask, seek, knock
  • Treat others as we want to be treated

All of these commands from Jesus deal with our attitudes and motives. It would be possible to prophesy, cast out demons and do mighty works with a prideful motive, but that would cancel the value of the works.  Jesus gives us these commands as a filter to make sure that what we do will be pleasing to God.

Are we putting more focus on our activity than on our heart?

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