Sunday, February 25
Week Two - Matthew 7:24-29
Read Matthew 7:24-29.
One of the potentially frustrating aspects of building a new house or doing a remodel project is getting building permits - having to get everything inspected and “up to code” before you can move on can feel unnecessarily laborious and cumbersome. I’d rather just start building and avoid the time and expense of permits! However, if I’m honest, there have been some things I’ve discovered through building inspections that have helped me avoid a lot of potential headaches and struggles down the line. One way of looking at the season of Lent is as a time of personal inspection. We take time to inspect – or let God inspect - how things are going before we build any further. We make space for God to assess the inner workings of our lives so that He can point out potential problems that need to be corrected or adjusted for a better future. At the conclusion of Jesus’ most famous collection of teachings - The Sermon on the Mount - Jesus said, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” The one who goes through the work of not just hearing but understanding and applying these teachings has the basis for a durable future that can weather even the toughest storms. It may seem like a lot of work on the front end, but it saves far more work and headache on down the line. Thankfully, unlike some building inspectors, God also has lots of grace for us in the process!
God, thank you for your wise instruction that provides solid footing for my life. Help me to trust the truth and blessing of your Word. Help me to have the courage and wisdom to put your teachings into practice in my life this day.
Take time this week to read and reflect on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Allow your life to be inspected in light of Jesus’ rather specific and powerful teachings, and then be open to making adjustments and changes as the Spirit would lead.