“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?
Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:46-49 NKJV
Building the house of God
We are that house! and the rock is the word of God. The opening of this scripture is very heart felt to me. God is directly asking this question. “Why call me Lord, Lord, if you are not willing to give up what is precious to you to pursue intimacy with me?” It’s important and vital for us as Christ representers to build our lives, attitudes, responses, morality, our spiritual strength, all our relationships, everything that relates to our lives and godliness on the rock.
As we pursue how to build, the word becomes living, active, able to cut away (once we allow it to) the issues of our heart. Those that are deep and has the opportunity to draw us away from pursuing intimacy with God.
For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 3:11 NKJV
As we continue to look at the scripture above, the word says; And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house… Lets think about what are the floods in our lives, distractions if you may, that has the potential (and I use this word carefully) to cause the house to fall, causing great destruction as the word says. I am of the belief that the material needed to build a strong house (mind, emotion, identity, relationship, etc…) Is outlined in the word of God.
What does intimacy look like
When you are intimate with someone you are available to that person. Unveiled before them, they are the one you tell your secrets, they know your flaws, and has the ability to encourage you to be a better person. As intimacy grows we give up or faults our comfort zone, to build on that connection. This is exactly the same with God! He does not want a heaven with out us, hands down but he will not force himself on us. He loves us!
Lets build people… pursue intimacy with our father, he already made the way, Jesus. The same way we make time for that loved one or friend or social media let’s put aside some quite time to build our intimacy with God, in return building that strong house.
Let’s look at an example of how the word of God is a building material:
II Timothy 2:24 NKJV says, “And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,”
I often draw attention to this scripture when teaching about Christ like behavior, because this is one of the areas God dealt with me when I was ready to blame everyone for my downfalls. He showed me that I have a quarrelsome nature and that was the source of most of my issues. To overcome that nature I must be gentle and patient. Don’t get me wrong sometimes I fall right back there then I am reminded, that’s why it is so important to get the word in our hearts. Now I ask God to show me the triggers so I can overcome.
Lord, your heart is for your people, your heart is for me. You want us to want more of you. You want to be near, and your word says that we should draw near to God and you will draw near to us. Lord, I want intimacy with you, I want to build right. Help me to pursue you in such a way that causes me to grow in you, all for your glory. In Jesus name Amen.
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