Build On Jesus

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?  Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.  But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” ~ Luke 6:46 – 49

Contrary to popular belief, Jesus didn’t just preach grace. Jesus taught grace, but just like everything, grace has a limit as well. Many called Him LORD and said they followed Him, and you know what Jesus did? Jesus looked at them and explained what would happen to them. He explained when you have grace and how to have grace. We love to paint Jesus as a free loving; everything goes, hippy. But He’s not. He wasn’t. And He will never be.

When people called Him LORD, He didn’t just say thank and then let them go back to sinning. He told them they needed to make a stand if they wanted to follow Him. Jesus even took it a step further by explaining who that person is like and what would happen to them. He explained that even though you call me LORD, that doesn’t mean when the storm comes, I’ll be there. Now that sounds harsh, but let’s put this into perspective, shall we?

When we meet a celebrity and tell them we’re their biggest fan, know everything about them, would follow them anywhere, and bow down to them, they don’t suddenly go “oh my gosh yes! Need anything, hit me up! I got you!” No, you need to have a relationship with them if you want their help. So if you have to be friends with a celebrity to be able to call them and they come to get you, and Jesus is higher than any celebrity, why do you think Jesus doesn’t have the same or higher standards?

Jesus doesn’t just rescue everyone from the storm. It would nice to think like that, but it’s just not true. Jesus doesn’t move unless you call Him. But in order to call Him, you have to know His number. Get to know Him. Spend time with Him daily. Follow His commands. Build your foundation on the rock, so that when the rains and floods come, He’ll be there with you and your house won’t be destroyed.

How is Jesus there with you? He’s the rock you built your house on. Jesus is the one holding your house, your life, your mind, your soul, your person from being destroyed. He holds His people. But the only way you become one of His people is by crucifying your flesh every day, carrying your cross, and following Him. It isn’t easy, it isn’t clean, it isn’t fun, but it’s worth it in the end.

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