Living a Kingdom of God Life
Verse 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
Today we finish our parable delving. We have talked about a prodigal son, a barren fig tree, salt and light, a stranger who went the extra mile for a beaten man, a widow who wouldn’t give up her cause, brothers that had a choice to make, a compassionate employer and a rich fool. Stories with more meanings than meet the eye. Each one with lessons we need to take with us as we grow to be more like Jesus. Let’s end our study with one more of Jesus’ parables that speaks to the importance of knowing what He is teaching us.
This parable is as straight forward as is possible. There are two kinds of people – those who hear the teaching of Christ and apply the message to their life and those who listen and ignore the message. This parable isn’t comparing those who are in the kingdom of God and those who are not. Jesus clearly says that both groups have heard His teaching. The difference is the response or lack thereof.
We all like to think that we are building our lives on the Solid Rock but how often do we hear the preaching of the Word and forget it by lunch time? Can we apply it to our lives if we don’t even take what we have heard past the doors of the church building? We need to come to a place in our spiritual lives when applying the Word is so important to us that we are intentional about retaining what we have heard.
We need to notice that the truth of if a person is applying the truth they heard isn’t revealed during the upbeat and sunny days of life but how we respond doing the days when the floodgates are opened. It is the trials of life that reveal if we stand on the truth of Christ and His teachings or if we are living on shifting sands.
If we want to be found on the Rock when trials come our way, we need to apply what we have learned in our parable delving. Are we treating our inheritance of salvation as ours to squander? Are we tending our spiritual lives so that they are bearing the fruit of the Gospel? Are we living as the salt and light that Jesus said we are? Are we treating our neighbors in sacrificial ways? Do we pray persistently? Are we keeping our word to obey God? Are we keeping our agreement with God or watching the accounts of others? Are we living for this world or eternity? The answers to these questions reveal whether we are building our lives on the Rock or on shifting sand.
Making It Personal
How do you rate yourself on the above list of self-evaluation questions that come from the various parables we have delved into? If you were honest with yourself, what would you think God would say you need to work on? What lesson from the parables has made the biggest impact on your life?
Making It Personal Kids
How about ending this study with a song? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu5bBDRpzPM
Father, thank You for all You have taught us through the parables. Help us apply their lessons to our lives so that we can reflect You in all we do. In Jesus’ name, amen.