ARE YOU COVERED?
Luk 6:46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do what I am telling you?
Luk 6:47 “Everyone who comes to me and listens to my words and puts them into practice– I will show you what he is like:
Luk 6:48 He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep, and laid the foundation on bedrock. When a flood came, the river slammed against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built.
Luk 6:49 But the person who hears and does not put my words into practice is like a man who built a house on the bare ground without a foundation. When the river burst against that house, it collapsed immediately, and was completely destroyed!”
Jesus had just illustrated the difference between a true disciple and a hypocrite — sort of. He said that the genuine Christian heart speaks words of genuine devotion. The right tree produces the right fruit. But, he followed that parable up with the question in verse 46. He looked at his own disciples who were following him and listening to his sermon and asked why they were saying the right words (calling him Lord) but not obeying him. Confession of Christ’s name alone is not flood insurance.
The dam is going to burst. If it has not yet happened to you, it will. When that happens, the people who are safe are the ones who have demonstrated a life of obedience to Christ’s teachings. They love God and the neighbours, and seek to make disciples of others. But there are always those who are completely devastated by the flood, and resent God for not having protected them from it. But to get Jesus’ kind of flood insurance, just can’t just sign up. You have to pay the payments.
LORD, we resolve from this day forward to practice the faith we profess, and trust you to keep us safe when disaster strikes.