How is everyone today? Hope you’re having a great day and enjoying the sunshine which has surprised us.
Today’s bit of Luke is short but sweet (well, depending on how you look at it!) So grab your books and let’s read together (page 32-33 in Luke & Acts/ Luke 6:46).
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on the rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
So, context! By this time Jesus isn’t still a baby, he’d grown up and people had started hearing about how crazy amazing things happened wherever he went. He’d done an all-nighter the night before. Not the kind we’ve probably done but he’d spent the whole night praying and talking to God up a mountain. And now he goes back down the mountain and loads of people have crowded around him to hear what he has to say – he always has something good to say. And this bit of the Bible is just a snippet of everything he said (feel free to read more!)
Jesus is saying there are two kinds of people – people who hear what he says and puts it into practice and those who hear him but don’t do anything about it. And I bet you can guess which is the best person to be! He describes these people as two different houses. When floods come one of them crumbles and one of them isn’t even shaken – the one who hears his words and puts them into practice.
We may be having gorgeous sunshine and not be in danger of any floods where we are, but with everything that’s going on at the moment it probably feels like an overwhelming flood for a lot of people. And maybe you’re feeling a little bit shaken. But it’s so encouraging to know that we won’t be shaken when we realise what ground we are standing on. And the amazing thing is that Jesus only asks us to do things that are for our own good and that will lead us to good things. He never wants to harm us.
Challenge for today: Spend some time with God – what does this mean? Maybe it just means chatting to him, or reading the bible, journaling, time with God doesn’t need to be perfect to be powerful. If you want somewhere to start, try praying this prayer before you do whatever you’ve planned:
God, help me to see you
God, help me to hear you
God, help me to know you
I want to run after you.