Monday, September 9th, 2013
Sermon On The Mount (Part 31)
Conclusion #1: Built On The Rock
Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on The Rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on The Rock.
Matthew 7:24-25 (NKJV)
Have you seen stories or films that offered multiple conclusions? I have, and they bothered me. I like things wrapped up neatly. But what if that wrap is like Christmas paper? Nice, but flimsy. It's not the truth. It's just a layer on top of the truth. Consider instead: stories never end. Each one continues--like ripples in a pond or steps on a path.
What if the stories of our lives on Earth are pivot points, springboards or prequels--setting our courses for eternity? What if the choices we make here matter more than we know there? But God would have us know: 'Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the Kingdom of God' (Mark 4:11).
In the final paragraphs of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus offers every man and woman two choices: each with a different conclusion. It's a life or death decision:
'I call Heaven and Earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live' (Deuteronomy 30:19). Satan encourages us to believe we have many choices and lots of time. 'Many choices' and 'lots of time' are lies from the pit of hell.
Here's the truth: Every day we make many decisions, but each decision has only two choices: to be God-seeking or self-seeking. Each choice is good or bad, right or wrong. Occasionally, some of us may face one decision that makes or breaks an earthly life.
But our spiritual lives are different. They grow choice-by-choice: toward God or away from Him. It's that simple. 'But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ' (2 Corinthians 11:3).
Therefore, do not be deceived. Build the story of your life on the Teachings of Jesus. Listen to the Master Planner, Who is God. He speaks to us intimately--in a still, small Voice. So get quiet. Follow the Master Builder, Who is Jesus. He speaks to us boldly--in Words that transform us. So get reading.
After giving us a New Covenant in a New Testament, He laid down His Life to become the Foundation and Chief Cornerstone for our eternal lives. So get thankful.
As you grow up on Earth in Him, the view gets better and better. The height is majestic. The air is clean. And those rising with you are the family and friends who see the stability of your life in storms--and the beauty of your life reflecting The Son Who never goes down.
He did come down once, but that was only to build us up. He's coming again--to wash away every bad construction.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Sermon On The Mount series.