In chapter 2 of Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters, Joshua Harris describes the point in his life where he actually understands the parable of the two builders, in Luke 6, verses 46-49:
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”
If one takes the time to soak these words in and examine what Jesus says it is impossible not to see that the builder who exerted effort and (wisely) built a foundation, deep down on the rock, is the one who is truly obedient.
The builder who hears Christ, but does not put His words into action is a fool.
How many times have I not been a do-er? What have you heard Jesus say today? Are you ding it?
God! Help me be a man of action – not impulsive and rash, doing things for the sake of work, or myself, but for your sake and guided by your Spirit. Amen.