“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 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.” (Luke 6:47-49 NIV) [For context–read the entire chapter]
When Jesus was teaching those who followed Him, He wanted them to understand clearly how they were to respond to what they were being taught. In verse 39, He asks them how “the blind could lead the blind” and what could happen to them (both falling into a pit). If there are those who are hearing the Word, but are not practicing it as a model for others to see, they are doomed!
Church leaders–any and all in a position of authority–must take heed to The Word and know that when we are not doing what we have heard, we will be responsible for the demise of those we lead. We cannot turn God’s Word around and say that “it does not mean what it says.” We cannot say God has changed His mind about anything that He said. And more importantly, if we do not have proficient reading comprehension skills in which we have developed the ability to understand “inference” we should not be teaching anyone, anything. We become “the blind, leading the blind.”
We–the corporate Body of Christ–need to spend time not only reading The Word, but studying what it means with resources available to us and in seeking God for understanding. Then when we understand The Word, we must practice doing The Word on a daily basis. Our role is the bring the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people–not the perverted word of those who scorn and mock God’s Word. Know when the enemy has influenced people against The Word. Don’t be deceived by those who “mention the name of Jesus” and yet have no knowledge of who He really is or His purpose while here on earth. He has said, not everyone calling Him Lord will be allowed to enter in the Father’s presence because in all actuality, they were hypocrites.
We cannot fool God with a superficial Christianity–in name only–and we don’t fool people who are able to discern which spirits are influencing people. When we know The Word, we know which spirits are working in people and we should know how to combat them and cause all to be victorious in the name of Jesus.
Let us not be just hearers (or readers) only, but let’s practice what we know we have learned in The Word. We should endeavor to do all things that please God–showing mercy because He is merciful, loving all because He is love, and obeying Him in all things rather than man because He is the Master Teacher.
Lord, help us to be better at hearing You and doing what You say, not man. Help us to stay focused on You, not man’s inability to receive what You have said. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen!