Luke 6:46-49 Building on the right foundation
Intro: Today we are going to finish this sermon that Jesus preached - been looking at for several weeks
There are 3 main things we want to look at in this teaching.
1st - What does it mean to call Jesus your Lord.
2nd Why are many People deceived into thinking that Jesus is their Lord
when He really isnít
3rd How to make sure that Jesus is your Lord!
So What does it mean then to confess that Jesus is Lord ?
A)1st understand that Lord is NOT His name - It is His title
1) That is the counter relationship to one baring the title of Lord or Master
John 13:1313 "You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.14 "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 "For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
and SUBJECT unto Him
1) Meaning you will do what He says - no questions asked !
Lordship in my life !
d)My place is that of COMPLETE & TOTAL obedience to His commands
E) THAT is what it means to confess that Jesus is Lord
It is to YIELD myself to OBEY that which He has declared!
EXAMPLE: Acts 10 - Peter at house of Simon the tanner in Joppa
He was hungry and went up on the roof to wait for lunch / Sounds strange...
But not in that part of the world The roof is more like the patio
While praying on the roof he saw a vision and in that vision there was every kind of animal
Acts 10:13-14 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eatBut Peter said, Not so, Lord; ( Read again)
1) IF He is Lord, then you can NOT say NO to Him
a) But often are we guilty of making the SAME contradiction
1) But then He requests something of us and we say not so
"I'll do a lot of things Lord... but NOT that" ( Doesnít make sense)
C) Guys we need to stop & consider our relationship w/ Jesus -
1) IF He is the Lord, THEN that means that He is the master over your life
Which means You can NOT tell Him what you will or won't do
you are USURPING His Lordship in your life
and that I am His servant - I am submitted & yielded to Him
But Jesus says why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do the things which I say?
B) They call Him Lord but they donít act like He is their Lord !
C) Now we are told in Rom. 10:9 that The way that one comes into the
Kingdom of Heaven is by confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord
your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
c) So according to that NO ONE will get into the Kingdom of Heaven w/ out
acknowledging the Lordship of Jesus/ W/ out calling Him Lord
Kingdom of Heaven
Matt. 7:22 -2322 "Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' 23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
HOW CAN THIS BE ? IT IS A MATTER OF THE HEART
A) Jesus declared in Matt. 15:8 'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"
B) THIS DESCRIBES THOSE WHO GIVE JESUS LIP SERVICE
1) PROBLEM : Their heart is far !
1) James said 1:22 be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving
b) "A pastor, was teaching one Sunday morning when he noticed a young girl in the front row, who seemed to be hanging on to every word he said. This greatly encouraged him. HE THOUGHT TO HIMSELF If he could hold the attention of a small child, how much more would the adults be absorbing what he had to say!
"After the service, he approached the girl and said, `Young lady, I noticed you were listening carefully to every word I said.' She looked at him and said, `Do you realize you used the word "the" 242 times?'
Some Listen - some know the Word - but the point is If you are NOT OBEDIENT to that which you can quote,
because if I only know it & donít live it - I am DECEIVED !!!
C) Unfortunately on that day - ( JUDGEMENT ) there is going to be those
who say but Lord - I went to Such & such church for 20 yrs.
D) ALL BECAUSE THEIR HEARTS WERE FAR !
THAT HE IS THE LORD ( Jesus gives a parable -story illustrate a Pt.)
47 "Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 "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.
49 "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."
This parable has commonly been called the Parable of the Builders
Now here is a gal living out her dream to be a movie star - to achieve fortune & fame - yet she is bothered by guilt & fear
Let's examine the picture and see how these two men are alike & also how much they are different.
A) First of all, let's see what these two men had in common.
1. They both had the same desire./ They both desired to build a house.
B)2nd Jesus makes no distinction between the two designs.
We can safely say that the men WANTED the same kind of house.
1) House where - REST COMFORTABLE / SAFE / SECURE
C) 3rd They are apparently in the same location because they are subject to the same conditions.
D) 4th They had both FINISHED their projects.
BUT THERE IS A DIFFERENCE - What is interesting is that the diff. Is not an obvious one - it is subtle - its not surfacy - below surface!
B) It is important to note this because the difference between the
TRUE Christian and the unbeliever IS NOT always OBVIOUS.
which will stand the test of time ! / Stand in the storm.
Now the difference in the 2 builders had to do w/ how they approached their building !
A) Matthew, tells us in his gospel account that the 1st builder was referred to as "wise" but the 2nd builder was "foolish".
B) And LUKE gives us an important insight as to WHY one builder
was WISE and the other FOOLISH:
b) We are told that the "wise man the 1st builder DUG DEEP and laid the foundation on ROCK."
foundation on the dirt or the sand !
C) In other words He DID NOT take the TIME or the TROUBLE to lay a foundation
D) Petra(rock) does not mean a stone or even a boulder, but a great outcropping of rock, a large expanse of bedrock.
Sand, by contrast, is loose, unstable, and extremely movable.
1) The Everybody is doing it mentality!
THE foolish" builder was IN A HURRY.
A) He was only interested in the IMMEDIATE and the short term. / He wanted everything RIGHT NOW.
B) He wanted his house RIGHT NOW.- He typifies that mentality of "Get what you want and get it now. Don't worry about the long term.....
1) Don't worry about how things will stand up..... Just GET IT NOW!!"
tHE FOOLISH builder was SHORT SIGHTED
building his house on sand.
Aa)He NEVER stops to think or ask himself: "What will happen if this river that looks so calm now should ever overflow?"
B) If someone came to him and said: "Look - You shouldn't build a house on sand. You don't know what this river is capable of doing. I've seen storms here that have brought down some of the best built houses My suggestion is that you DIG DEEP...... GET DOWN TO THE ROCK!!".......
advice But Iím ok I know what I am doing & He just keeps on building.
God says you should build your life......
lives without Jesus Christ as their foundation.
1) THAT IS THE FOOLISH BUILDER
But the "wise BUILDER " is COMPLETELY DIFF
A) He says: "I don't know anything about how to build a house."
B) "I'm going to ask someone who knows about building houses." 1) He says I want PLANS & BLUE PRINTS from someone who knows
how to build a house that will last!
C) SPIRITUALLY, the "wise man" is the one who will go to THE AUTHORITY on what life is all about.
is all about.
which is strong sturdy & immovable !
RECAP The DIFFERENCES between the TWO HOUSES is not OBVIOUS.... below the surface
B) Determined whether or not all of the time & energy expended was worth it.
1) The most important thing about a building is it's FOUNDATION.
It may be out of sight...... but it IS NOT insignificant.
D) One HOUSE had a solid foundation & the other HOUSE didnít !
If the FOUNDATION IS WRONG, everything else is going to fail.
The DIFFERENCE IN THE BUILDERS :
was shortsighted - had no foundation- built on sand.
WE ARE ALL BUILDING HOUSES - BUILDING OUR LIVES
B) It is the man who hears the words of Jesus and DOES them that is like the WISE MAN who DUG DEEP and "laid the foundation on rock".
"foolish man" who "built his house earth without a foundation."
Notice the consequences to such an approach to building
"And great was it's fall." "And the ruin of that house was great."
A) NOTHING could be more TRUE about a life built without the foundation
of Jesus Christ!! HERE and in ETERNITY.
B) HERE: You can be sure that in the world you SHALL have tribulation.
You can be sure that your life will not be exempt from the storms of life.
1) There will be storms not a matter of if - matter of WHEN
C) What you are building on TODAY will determine whether or not your life will come through in one piece THEN.
1) Maybe even TODAY your life is being battered by storms:
D) Family problems.... Financial problems... Relationships
And your house is FALLING APART!!
1) Who is your foundation ?
E) the life built upon Jesus Christ STAYS IN TACT.......You will stand thru the storm & you will stand in ETERNITY
But If you are building your life w/out Christ
A) Everything that you've lived for is going to be lost and you will enter ETERNITY with nothing...... especially without God.
"What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, but lose his soul."
Everyone is building their lives on something
IF IT ISN'T JESUS..... IT ISN'T ROCK..... IF IT ISN'T ROCK, IT WILL FALL APART.
A) The world says: "Believe in yourself." Lousy foundation..... Shifting sand.
Only a foolish man would believe that is a solid foundation
B) Some of are choosing to build their life by their own BLUE PRINT.
"There is a way that seems right to a man......"
Some are building their lives on the shifting sand of the desires of the flesh./ the shifting sand of goals and aspirations
Do you do what He says ! Not perfect but consistent
The following words are from an old engraving on a cathedral in Labeck, Germany:
From Christ our Lord to us:
You call Me master and obey Me not.
You call Me light and see Me not.
You call Me the Way and walk Me not.
You call Me life and live for Me not.
You call Me wise and follow Me not.
You call Me fair and love Me not.
You call Me rich and ask Me not.
You call Me eternal and seek Me not.
If I condemn thee, blame Me not.
Many will say in that day - Lord / Lord ÖÖ Depart from me I never knew you
WHAT IF THAT DAY WAS TODAY !!!!