WHAT IS THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR LIFE?
46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Luke 6:46
“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 (The Message).
Unlike the other religious leaders of Jesus’ day, Jesus was not just giving them His opinion. He was telling them what really worked. The laws of the Old Testament were God’s way of telling His people how to live. If they obeyed His laws, they would live safe, happy, and free lives but if they disobeyed, they would be enslaved by unhappiness, poverty, misery, and invasion by enemy armies who would conquer and capture them.
Since Jesus is the Son of God and our Creator, He should know what works in our lives. He said that He came, not to do away with God’s law but to show us how it works in practice.
If we hear the words of Jesus but don’t put them into practice, we are like a foolish man who built his house near the water but did not set it on a firm foundation. When the storm came, his house collapsed because it had no foundation to hold it together.
Those who make Jesus’ word the foundation on which they build their lives, will be safe when the storms come. What are the storms of life? Everything that is unpleasant; that causes us unhappiness and that makes us question the meaning and purpose of life.
What is the foundation that Jesus said would save us from ruin when the storms come? He promised that, when bad things happen to us, we can trust Him. He is able to turn even bad things to our good; He will never leave us alone; He will carry our burdens for us so that they will not crush us, and He will provide solutions to our problems and difficulties.
There are many religions in the world and religious leaders make many promises. How do we know which one is the truth? First, we must look at the one who makes the promises. Is his claim true? Is he who he says he is? If he is not, why believe him? Secondly, we must look at his promises. Are his promises true? Does he have the power to carry out his promises?
Jesus said He is the Son of God. He would prove it by rising from the dead. Did He? People have tried to prove that the resurrection was a hoax, but they cannot because Jesus did rise from the dead. He is alive today. He said that, if we believe in Him, He will give us eternal life. Billions of people through the ages have experienced His power to rescue them from a life of ruin and give them a new start. Those who believe in Him know that they have been forgiven and have the power to live new and different lives. Jesus is trustworthy. All other religions are built on the words of fallible human beings. Jesus is the Son of God. What He told us is the truth. We can trust Him.