Monday, December 13, 2021
21-23 “Knowing the correct password—saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance—isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills. I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our super-spiritual projects had everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.’
24-25 “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.
-Matthew 7:21-25 The Message
Verse 21: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
Verse 21 study: Athletes can talk a great game, but it doesn’t show in their athletic skills. Not everyone who talks about heaven belongs to God’s kingdom. Jesus is more concerned about our walk than our talk. He wants us to do right, not say the right words. Your house is represented as your life (7:24) will stand firm the storms of life if you do what is right instead of talking about it. What you do cannot be separated from what you believe.
Verse 22: Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’
Verse 22 study: “That day” is the final day of reckoning whom God will settle all accounts, judging, sin, and rewarding faith.
Verse 23: And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; leave Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
Verses 21-23 studies: Jesus exposes those who sounded religious but had no personal relationship with him. On the day of judgment, only our relationship with Christ, our acceptance of Him as Savior, and our obedience to him matters. Many people believe if they will be rewarded with eternal life. The reality is, faith in Christ is what will count at the judgment.
The Two Foundations
Verse 24: “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts on them, will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
**Verse 24 study: To build “on the rock” means to be a hearing, responding disciple, and not a phony, superficial one. Practicing obedience is the foundation to weather the storms of life.
Verse 25: And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.
Matthew 7:21: Luke 6:46
Matthew 7:22: Matthew 25:1, Luke 13:25
Matthew 7:23: Psalm 6:8, Matthew 25:41, Luke 13:27
Matthew 7:24: Matthew 16:18, James 1:22-25
**James 1:22-27 has more on putting into practice what we hear.
The foundation of our lives is dependent on our relationship with you, no matter the situation. So, Father, let us have a relationship with you so strong, no one can knock off the foundation of it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.