Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Are we wise or foolish?

I know this is our adoption blog, but you've probably realized by now that I just share whatever's on my mind. I was reading in Matthew this morning and had to share. I wonder which of these two categories most of our lives would fall into?

Words of Jesus in Matthew 7:24-27, "These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit-but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.

But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don't work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards."

The imagery here is amazing. The first house built on a strong foundation and fixed to the rock (Jesus) withstood even a tornado. We've seen this week the destruction a tornado can bring to our lives. We need to be fixed in such a way the even the most devastating life event will not tear down our faith. How does that happen? By doing the word, rather than just hearing it. By putting our faith into action.

Look at how little it takes to bring down the home of the "stupid" carpenter, one storm and a few waves and down comes his house. If your life begins to fall apart at the slightest hint of a storm, you need to check your foundation. Are you anchored to the rock (Jesus)? Are you working these foundational words into your life? Or are you just using them in Bible studies or at church on Sundays? It's not enough! When the storm comes, you need to already have your life firmly attached to Jesus.

I encourage you to get in your Word. Learn who Jesus is and who He wants you to be and then get about the Father's business. Too many of us are hugging the beam. It's time to stand up and walk out our faith.

Pray, Adopt, Advocate, Support...Do Something!

Hidden in Christ,

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