Matthew 7: 21-27
If we do not make an effort to listen, then we do not hear. Amid all the clutter and chatter of modern life, we must constantly make an effort to hear the voices and messages that are important to us. I know a man who rises at 4:00 am every morning to study his Bible before his busy day begins. He is making a effort to hear God's voice first, before any other voices in his day. In order to listen effectively we must clear our minds of any and all distractions, any and all worries or problems.
In order to hear Christ's words, we must study them and carry them in our hearts, meditate on them, internalize them. Some people memorize them.
But carrying them around with us is not the answer to building our lives on a solid foundation. We must act on them. The real difference between two people who profess to know Christ is in their doing; the way they live their lives, the way they treat others, the way they reach out to those in need. The person who says they know Christ, but does not attempt to act on Christ's words, is building their home on shifting sand. And bit by bit, crack by crack, their home is sliding down the mountain in a slow motion landslide.
Tomorrow we conclude our study.