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.”

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