Joyful Obedience

October 23, 2015

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Friday Night Devotional by David Chow, 10/23/15

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and not do what I say?”

The verses immediately following in Luke 6:47-49 provide a contrasting story of two men building their houses. The first is a man who builds his house where the foundation is deep and built on the rock. When a flood of water crashes against his house it remains upright and sturdy. The second is a man who builds his house where there is no foundation and is built upon the ground. When the flood crashes against this house it immediately falls and the debris is great.

What’s the connection between the verse above and the story of the two men? Jesus explains in verse 47 when he states that everyone who comes to Him, hears His words and obeys them is like the man who built his house upon the rock. When trials and tribulation come his faith remains strong and his life intact. But the one who hears Jesus’ words and does not obey is like the man who built his house on the ground with no foundation. When trials and tribulation come his faith falls apart and his life is a great mess.

Many of you reading this will have received Biblical teaching at Grace Church last Sunday, at Small Group this past week, and will have encountered Biblical truth during your devotional Bible reading each day. How have you applied what you learned? Are you actively seeking to do what Jesus commands?

If we claim Jesus as our Lord and Savior, let us stop and bask in the riches of our Salvation – that because of our sin against a perfect God we deserve eternal separation from God where we will experience pain and torment in Hell forever. However, because of the perfect life Christ lived and His willful death on sinner’s behalf, those who believe in Christ will have eternal joy by being with Him in heaven forever. For a follower of Christ, obedience is not only an imperative to maintain a strong and sturdy faith, obedience is a joy because of what Christ has done on the cross!

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