Friday, November 14, 2008

Making the Wise Choice

{Matthew 7:24-27; ESV}
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

Our lives are the product of the choices that we make. There are big choices which will affect the rest of our lives, and there are small everyday choices which set the direction of our lives each day. Since choices are so important it is essential that we have the proper foundation for making good choices.

According to Jesus the foundation we need to make good choices is His Word. The Bible, the entire Bible, contains the Words of Jesus. The wisdom we need to make good choices comes from the Bible. So how do we go about laying a foundation of Scripture on which we can build our lives? I think if we look at this parable Jesus taught we will find three actions we must do in order to lay the firm foundation of God’s Word.

The first action we must do is to LISTEN to Jesus. Listening implies an active intent on part of the listener. You see a hearer is passive, if we have healthy functioning ears then we hear the various sounds of life. Listening requires us to focus, tuning out the other sounds, in order to hear what is important. It isn’t enough just read the Bible, but we must come to the Bible with the desire to understand what God wants us to know, and how that word applies to our lives.

The second action we must do is to BELIEVE Jesus. We can listen to what Jesus has to say, but if we don’t believe Him then we will not apply what we have heard to our lives. Belief in Jesus is what separates the foolish from the wise. The foolish will listen to Jesus, but because they do not believe who He is or what He has to say, they don’t allow His words to affect their lives. The wise believe Jesus is the Son of God and therefore trust what He says, and their lives are changed as a result.

The third action is to CHANGE the way we live. Hopefully you notice that this action step is the extension of the last action. You have to first believe before you can change. All change is is putting legs on belief. The action of change shouts to the world that we trust Jesus. Since we trust Jesus we will adjust our lives to His word, even when doing so makes us go against the way of the world. Jesus said the fool listens, but does not change His life.

Every single day we are going to be faced with choices, and many times we are not going to have the time we would like to consider all the options. So how do we lay a solid foundation that will help us make wise decisions? We build our lives on the word of God, committing ourselves to listen to Jesus, to believe Jesus, and as a result change the way we live. Without this solid foundation we will be at the mercy of the changing winds of this world, but with this solid foundation we will be able to stand against whatever storm comes our way.

  • Point to Ponder: To make wise choices we need the solid foundation of God’s Word in our lives.
  • Passage to Remember: Matthew 7:24-27
  • Prayer to Pray: Lord God, thank You for revealing Your truth to me. Root me in Your Word so I can live a life that honors You.

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