Good Foundation Obey the Lord

January 17, 2016   Luke 6:46 – 49   Good Foundation


    There are a lot of people who believe that you can be a Christian without being a disciple and you can have a marginal commitment to Jesus.  There are many Christians who feel they do not need to go to church or be in Christian fellowship and give to God only their leftovers of time talent and money.   Their life is spent in other directions.  Thomas Trask writes in the Choice that 10% of church members cannot be found.  That 20% of church members never attend church that 25% admit that they never pray.  That 35% admit that they do not read their Bibles.  That 40% admit that they never contribute to the church Tithe or offering and that 70% never assume responsibility within the church.  85% never invite anyone to church and 95 % have never won anyone to Christ but 100% expect to go to heaven. 

   There is something wrong with that I would say.   That does not show lord ship.  Is Jesus Lord of your life?   Is Jesus Lord of your money?  Is Jesus Lord of your time?   If Jesus asks you to do something difficult will you do it?   And this illustration speaks to a lot of attitudes in our society.   It should not speak of the Christians attitude. But it does speak to us.  Some say I do not want to give up anything but give me eternal life.  Many say today in this nation give me something for nothing.  Sometimes nothing can be given which is understandable but some can give and won’t. 

    Some would say that according to the bible people who are not committed to Jesus are not saved.  I would leave that judgment up to the Lord because God knows who are his.  But Jesus did say you would know them by their fruits and for many of them their fruits do not show a walk with the Lord.  In Matthew 7 Jesus said not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.     Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’   Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.   Away from me, you evildoers!’ 

      On judgment day they are calling Jesus Lord, Lord.   They think they are all set with Jesus but they are not.  It looks like they are working hard but not in relationship with Jesus.  We need to call Jesus Lord today and that means obedience and submission to the Lord.  Jesus said many of them will say.  I am not trying to scare people but Jesus said many people.   Several people are going to claim that they did many things in his name.  That they cast out demons they will claim that they did miracles and prophesied in his name and Jesus will say be gone I do not know you. 

     The words depart from me I never knew you are a bit scary and they should get a person’s attention. Jesus will say I never knew you.  Are you growing in an intimate relationship with Jesus?   And later Peter writes make your calling and election sure.  It is a wise process to do.  Make sure that you know Jesus.   Paul writes in Corinthians that there is no other foundation but Jesus and we can build on that foundation good things that will last.  All other foundations will burn up and will fail on judgment day.   

    Jesus said here why do you call me Lord but do not do what I say.   Submission is hard to do.   We do grow in submission.  All Christians should be in submission.  It is good if you are laboring to be more submissive.    I fear that there are far too many Christians who do not labor to grow in submission.  Are you working on your walk with Jesus?   Some chose not to hear the Lord   William Hendrickson wrote when grace changes the heart submission out of fear changes to submission out of love and true humility is born. 

    I think that this poem by Theodore Monod speaks to the Christians walk.  It starts self centered and ends Christ Centered.  Oh the bitter shame and sorrow that a time could ever be.   When I let the savior pity plead in vain and proudly answered all of self and none of thee.  Yet he found me, I be held him bleeding on the accursed tree.  Heard him pray forgive them father.  And my wistful heart said faintly some of self and some of thee.  Day by day his tender mercy healing helping full and free, brought me lower while I whispered none of self and all of thee. 

   I would challenge all of us to just grow in our walk with Jesus.  Just enjoy his love.   Just enjoy his presence.  We can enjoy Him.  Jesus desires to share all of your thoughts and desires.  Jesus wants to be close to you.   You can walk with him day by day in his peace and in his blessing.  I think it is the most wonderful thing that you can do with your life.

    I think you will experience the most satisfaction from your life by drawing closer to Jesus day by day.  As you walk close with Jesus your life is full of meaning and purpose.   I would submit to you that a life lived in close communion to Jesus experiences satisfaction.  Satan would fill our minds with thoughts that Jesus will ask us to do something that we do not want to do.  Some think that he is going to ask you to go to Siberia and preach the gospel and they never draw near to Jesus.   Fear keeps them from the greatest blessing they can have.  Do not let fear keep you from walking with him and enjoying Jesus and life.   Jesus is going to tell many I never knew you.  It is important to know Jesus.  Jesus said what would a person give in exchange for their soul.   Is there something in your life that holds you back from making Jesus Lord of your life?   Is it worth it?   

    Rory P told me about his dating Rachel and he gave me permission to share his story with the church.   He was unsaved and they were dating.  God was working and convicting Rachel about the relationship because the bible tells Christians to only marry Christians.  We are not to be unequally yoked.  So finally one day Rachel told the Lord OK I am going to break up with Rory.   They were in church and the day that she submitted to the Lord was the very day and in the very service that Rory accepted Jesus into his heart.  She gave him up and the Lord worked in his heart to become a Christian.  Every no form God is a yes for something else.  God always has our best in his mind. 

   Then Jesus talks about 2 kinds of people.   There are 2 kinds of builders.  Jesus talks about 2 kinds of houses which may look the same but one stands th3e test s of life and the other crumbles.   Jesus makes it plain for all of us in this passage in Luke that only the person who comes to Jesus and hears Jesus words and puts them in practice will stand.  How many people do you know that are making a conscious effort to follow the words of Jesus.  One of the leaders that I had when I was in the navigators said he carefully read the gospels to see what Jesus said so he could follow and put those instructions into practice.    That is a good idea.   Jesus in this passage said a storm comes and the floods come.  Life has a way of bringing a challenge to us sooner or later.  In these days that we live in storms will come.  Do not expect next year to be like this year.  Tomorrow may not be like yesterday.   Tracy bumps her head and has a concussion and goes to the hospital and she is told that she has stage 4 cancer in the brain.    Life can change quickly but sooner or later we can expect change and when life hits hard we need to be on the solid rock. 

    A person should think about how they build.  It can be costly to go back if you make a mistake on how you build.  For those that would consider buying a fixer upper it is a good idea to consider the foundation.   A bad foundation is a loot of work and cost.   There is the wise builder in this passage and there is a foolish builder in this passage.   What does the wise builder do?   What does the unwise person do?   In Matthew 7 Jesus calls the man who builds his house on the sand foolish.  What does Jesus say about the foolish builder?   What is the result of the foolish man?   What does his house represent?   is house is completely destroyed.  

 I Corinthians 3 tells us that there is only one foundation.  That foundation is Jesus and his word.  The song writer wrote all on Christ the solid rock I stand and all other ground is sinking sand. 

    This could be the foolish builders Psalm.  The world is my life I am always in want.  I never lie down and rest because the green pastures are always on the other side of the fence.   When I get to the other side of the fence I find that the grass is not as green as I think.   It certainly does not satisfy.   At the end of the day I take myself to the liquor store.  That helps me drown out my pain but only for a season.  I rush into paths of unrighteousness to satisfy myself.  Day by day I walk through valleys and shadows.  Since I prey upon people and see people as tools I always labor diligently to make sure that I get ahead.  I always want to be in front.  I find that I can trust no one so I consider my stocks, my bank accounts, and my stuff and watch them carefully.   Surely with much effort and guardedness I will live all the days of my life and then the end will come.  I wrote that and it points out an unsatisfying life. 

   Prisoner of want.   I will be happy when______   Don’t define yourself by your stuff. 

   The wise person in this passage builds his life on Jesus.  He comes to Jesus hears the words of Jesus and then obeys the words that he learns and hears.  This is building your life spiritually.  His roots grow deep into God’s love.  She is the tree planted by the rivers of water and is fruitful.  The building is not made out of bricks and stones and wood.    It is truth that you live your life by.  It is how you view life and your life.  It has to do with how you talk and how you spend your time and your money.  The wise person learns the word of God and applies it to his life.   It is not just hearing the sermon or reading the bible it is doing what the bible says.  In James we are told to be doers of the word and not hearer only.  The people that hear it and do not apply it deceive themselves.  Knowledge can make us proud but love edifies.  Even in the good times the wise person continues to build his life on Christ.  He does not slack off.  He is diligent in his walk with Jesus. 

    The Christian life is busy and it is not easy.   Jesus did not find life easy.  Paul did not find life easy.   Sometimes it may seem like our efforts are in vain but we can always turn our eyes upon Jesus.  We know how our life will turn out.   We know what happens to us when we leave this world.  We know that our “God has his eye upon us and has a good plan for our life.  We can find strength and wisdom in Him.  We have peace and joy in Jesus.  We have purpose and forgiveness.  We have his word which is true.   

    I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.  Put me to doing, put me to suffering.  Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee, Exalted for thee or brought low by thee.  Let me be full, let me be empty.   Let me have all things, let me have nothing.  I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.   And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.

And the covenant which I have made on earth, Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.  — John Wesley, “A Covenant Prayer

   Jesus said why do you call me Lord and do not obey me.   Many want a savior and not a Lord.  Is that like a oxymoron to call Jesus Lord and then not obey.   Jesus probably feels like I am not your Lord.