Are You a Wise Builder?

Are you a wise builder? This is an interesting question. If you ask any born-again believer, his answer would be a big “yes” and nothing less. Recently I was reading the Sermon on the Mount from the book of Mathew in which at the end Jesus Says:

 “anyone who hears these words of mine and put them into practice are like a wise man who built His house on the rock.

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. (Mathew 7, 24)

Throughout the scriptures, in many parts, we see, Jesus Christ is being compared to a Rock that is used as a Foundation Stone or a Corner Stone for the construction of a house.

Whether it is the Church, individuals or families, if the foundation stone is Christ, then, that congregation will be strong, that family will be strong, the faith of that individual will be strong.

However, if we build our Spiritual House on our own foundation, without using Christ as the Corner Stone, our building will not last long. It can be true for a Church, Family or an individual. When a small problem or trial comes the whole building collapses.

In the contemporary Christian world, we see churches, families and individuals fading away and falling away because of the wrong foundation on which that structure has been constructed. Though outwardly, they appear to be strong and sound, inwardly they are crumbling, because, Christ is not the foundation of that church, family or individual.

These type of churches, families and individuals are like the fig tree that were at the roadside in the town of Bethany; the tree that withered when Jesus rebuked it for not producing fruits. This particular fig tree looked strong and healthy with full of leaves, but in reality, it did not have the ability to produce fruits. Similarly, these congregations and individuals too claim to be a fig tree that bears its fruits in season. But in reality, they do not give any fruits; though they look strong and healthy, they don’t have the ability to produce fruits.

Well, let us re-examine the statement made by Jesus regarding who is the wise builder:

“anyone who hears these words of mine and put them into practice are like a wise man who built His house on the rock.

Yes, the wise builder is someone who hears HIS words and put them into practice. Of course, we all know the Sermon on the mount very well, we are very familiar with its contents and have read them hundreds of times. But let me ask you frankly? Have you ever put at-least a few of those teachings into practice? Unfortunately, most of you might answer, if you are honest, “NO”

Then How can you claim to be a wise Builder? On what ground do you claim to be wise?

Just because you go to church on Sunday? Or because you teach in your church Sunday School? Or because you have a name that was taken from the Bible?  Saints, all these rituals are good but Jesus is not looking for disciples who perform rituals. He is looking for disciples who listen to his voice, disciples who live by His Word.

3The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.4When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.(John 10, 3-4)

According to the Words of Jesus from the Sermon on the mount: We will be called wise builders only when we put into practice what HE taught us; only when we walk by HIS Words.

Please Remember; our spiritual home will be strong only when we live by what he taught. Of course, putting them into practice is not that easy; because most of the teachings are Old Testament Laws that have been magnified and Spirit Filled. Definitely, those Laws will be a big challenge for contemporary believers who are trained to be worldly and carnal minded. As Apostle Paul says in Romans:   

7The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.(Romans 8, 7-8)

 As I told you earlier; the Sermon on the Mount was based on the Laws given in the Old Testament. During His life on earth, Jesus was teaching from the Old Testament, that was HIS Bible, He did not have a New Testament that you and I carry around.

Jesus lived by those Old Testament Laws and He taught the people about them throughout His ministry. Instead of nullifying Moses’ Laws He magnified them by breathing a fresh life into them. Moreover, He also made those laws more relevant in the life of believers.

I have given below the summary of the Sermon on the Mount based on Mathew chapter 5, 6 and 7.

  • Do not set aside the commandments and teach others accordingly. Instead keep the commandments and teach others to obey them.(Mathew 5, 19)
  • You shall not murder, not only that, you are not even allowed to get angry with a brother or sister. (Mathew 5, 21-22)
  • You shall not commit adultery. You are not even allowed to look at a woman lustfully. . (Mathew 5, 27-28)
  • You are not allowed to divorce your wife except for sexual immorality. All other reasons are unacceptable according to the Word of God. A believer in Christ is not allowed to marry a divorced woman. .(Mathew 5, 31-32)
  • Do not make an oath or swear by anything. Let your “ yes” be “Yes” and “No” be “No” (Mathew 5, 33-37)
  • Do not take revenge on anybody. If anyone slaps on your right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. (Mathew 5, 38-39)
  • Love your neighbor and also your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you. (Mathew 5, 43)
  • Do not practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. .(Mathew 6, 1)
  • When you pray do not be like the hypocrites. Goo into your room, shut the door and pray in secret to your heavenly father. .(Mathew 6, 5)
  • Forgive those who sin against you, so that your heavenly father also will forgive you. (Mathew 6, 14-15)
  • When you fast, do it secretly. Do not look somber like the hypocrites. .(Mathew 6, 16)
  • Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth. (Mathew 6, 19)
  • Do not love money, .(Mathew 6, 24)
  • Do not worry abut your life. (Mathew 6, 25)
  • Do not judge, or you too will be judged(Mathew 7, 1)
  • Do not give what is sacred to dogs, do not throw your pearls to pigs. .(Mathew 7, 6)
  • Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you (Mathew 7, 7-8)
  • Do to others what you would have them do unto you. .(Mathew 7, 12)
  • The road to heaven is narrow, try to enter through it. Avoid the road that is broad. .(Mathew 7, 13-14)
  • Watch out for false prophets, they will come to you in sheep’s clothing. You will recognize them by their fruits. (Mathew 7, 15-16)
  • Calling Jesus “LORD”: LORD” will not qualify you to be in the Kingdom of Heaven. According to Jesus, Heaven is only for those who does the will of His Father who is in Heaven. .(Mathew 7, 21)

These are the summary of the instructions that Jesus Christ gave during the Sermon on the Mount and He concludes the sermon by saying.

Everyone who hears the above words of mine and put them to practice or live by them; he is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

But everyone who hears the above words of mine and do not put them into practice or live by them; he is like a man who built his house on the sand.

Dear Saints, please examine yourselves in the light of the above scriptures; Are you a wise builder? Have you built your house on the rock called Christ?

Or it was built on the sand of the worldly doctrines and traditions? Are you sure your spiritual house will withstand the heavy rain, flood and the storm?

Do not fool yourself. Do not be wise in your own eyes. Listen to the voice of your Master and follow HIM only.

Stay Blessed.

 

 

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