A Strong Foundation

Scripture selection: Luke 6:46

Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?  As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house that dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.

It was a straightforward enough question and pointed as it is, it speaks to us today:

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

I hear more than condemnation in that statement.

I hear a pleading, and invitation, to put into practical use the lofty spiritual teaching Jesus so willingly, and generously, imparted.

We have so many different experts in our own time.  There are so many conflicting choices, book after book dangle before us the promise of fulfillment and happiness.

Some say it is to be found in finding the right partner in life.

Others say it is to have a certain size bank account.

Still others offer excitement as the way to happiness.

Some invite us to “get away from it all” and find joy in some getaway.

But Jesus offers it in the form of a question:

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

I think there can be no higher calling, no stronger foundation for our lives than answering that question with an affirmation of our own:

“Yes, Lord, show me the way – for you are the Way.”

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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