“Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: Depart from me, ye that work iniquity. “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: For it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: And great was the fall of it.”
Wesley ends his discourses on the Sermon on the Mount by discussing the wise and foolish builders. Every child that has gone through Sunday School knows the actions of the song that covers this parable. This is one version from Marantha music:
Don’t build your house on the sandy-land,
Don’t build it too near the shore,
Well, it may look kind of nice
But you’ll have to build it twice,
Oh, you’ll have to build your house once more.
You better build your house upon the rock,
Make a good foundation on a solid spot.
And though the storms may come and go,
The peace of God you will know.
Rock of ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in thee
Words: Karen Lafferty (b. 1948) Words and Music © 1981 Maranatha! Music
We can do all the good works in the world, preach many sermons, bring many to the foot of the Cross, sing loud and clear …
If we do not have a deep rooted faith to rest the whole weight of our soul upon, we are still walking through the broad gate on that day.
If we cannot say to the Lord of our sin, not just in a vague poetic way but the very real way we sin each day
- the smart comment to our wife or husband instead of just letting it go. Is it so important to win an argument that we say things like, “Aren’t I so happy to be here,” in a sarcastic mealy mouthed way
- treating a human as a mere employee as if they have no feelings or emotions
- shouting at children not particularly that they have done something wrong but because of where we are at.
- ignoring the auld one that needs a lift just because of an unpleasant body odour
- talking about someone behind their back not maliciously just because we don’t understand where they are coming from
I could go on and on. Anyone who says they do not do, think or say very REAL sin every single day, they lie. If we are convicted of something that needs changing in our life and we aren’t willing to work on it be it patience or self-control or some other issue, then we are not even attempting to move towards Christ likeness.
What difference has Jesus’ death made to our capacity or desire to sin?
Is there a difference?
We are still capable of sinning as outlined above, the difference is we now have an inner compulsion to avert our eyes from the temptation that is dangling before us.
Are we looking like the Christ we proclaim or damp cardboard cut outs?
Do we empty ourselves out, not for our glory but for His?
As the body of Christ, do we corporately authentic?
So we have personal Christian authenticity?
Sunday school taught me another song:
Like Jesus, like Jesus
I want to be like Jesus
I love him so
And want to grow
More like Jesus every day
Do we even try, anymore?
Wesley says let your religion be the religion of the heart. We have watered down religion to a word that we don’t like to use, so let me rephrase it:
Let your life be the life of the heart
NO more than that
Let your everything be the everything of your heart