“Why are you so polite with me, always saying ‘Yes, sir,’ and ‘That’s right, sir,’ but never doing a thing I tell you?” (Luke 6:46 MSG).
People who know the word, teach the word and study the word, but they don’t have the word rooted in their heart. “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss” (Luke 6:49MSG). When life transitions, troubles and tragedies come (and they will come) they won’t have foundational truth. The truth is Jesus is our rock and our foundation (see Luke 6:46-49 MSG/NAS).
We know how to put words together (lessons, bible studies and lectures), but we seem to be unable to handle life. We even love the church and attend quite frequently, but when the storms come, they shake and challenge us (read Luke 6:49 MSG/NAS).
We must learn how to dig deep and build a foundation on the rock, which is Christ Jesus; so when life happens we will be able to endure. “If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last” (Luke 6:48 MSG). We will stay the course and maintain.
To “dig deep” is twofold…one dig through sand which is a shallow presentation that impress people, but do not impact God. The other definition implies digging deeply into the rock. In this way, with Jesus we impress God and impact others (see Luke 6:48 NAS). We will inspire others on how to deal with life on life terms. The storms can’t take us and ruin or destroy our hope because we have a foundation in God. “These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on” (Luke 6:47 MSG). WE are BUILT TO LAST!
Lord I now understand when the storms of life are ragging that I have anchor in you. You have created me to last and outlast my situations. My hope and trust is built on you. Like the words from the hymn…
“My hope is built on nothing lessThan Jesus’ blood and righteousness;I dare not trust the sweetest frame,But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;All other ground is sinking sand.”
Father, you are my firm foundation, my salvation and my solid rock. Amen.
God’s Peace and Good Journey!
Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner, a native Philadelphian, is a trailblazing visionary. He is the Senior Pastor of Elim Christian Fellowship of both Buffalo, and Rochester, New York. Bronner founded the churches on November 7, 1999 and November 17, 2002, respectively. Prior to that, he was the pastor of the prestigious Calvary Baptist Church also of Buffalo, New York.