“The Wise and The Foolish”

“24 ‘Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25 The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!’

28 Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, 29 for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes. ( Matthew 7:24-28)”

         Jesus finishes the Sermon on the Mount with several contrasts between the wise and the foolish, true and false prophets and true and false disciples.  How do we tell the genuine from the knock off?  The Internet gives us eight criteria:  “unreal discounts, flimsy packaging, grammatical & spelling mistakes, fake websites, poor quality of products, omissions & mismatch, flawed fonts, and logos and no contact details.”  Whew, people go to a lot of work to deceive.

         Jesus’ criteria for the phony is not dissimilar.  Knock offs lack integrity and consistency.  Their teachings or promises just don’t hold up.  Good fruit comes from good trees.  Likewise, the advertisement, what people say, should match people’s actions and the way they live.  Ultimately we must ask ourselves if we are building our lives on rock or sand, on that which is solid and long term or are we building on the temporary.  God’s word and God’s promises stand the test of time and experience.  I love the saying by G. K. Chesterton,  “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.”

         Think of a person whom you admire and whom you would say has modeled to you building their life on a rock.  Name a couple characteristics that you admire about the person and then ponder how you might deepen those habits within yourself.  Blessings.

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