Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Builder: part 4 (Luke 6:49)

But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great." (Luke 6:49 NASB)

When we've followed Christ for a long time, we have a tendency to become comfortable in the relationship and accustomed to the dependability of our Lord. With that comes a forgetfulness about life without Christ that robs us of our desire to share Christ with those around us. We would do well to review exactly what Jesus said about the one who heard His truth but opted to reject it. 

Their life has no anchor. When the storms of life come, they have nowhere to turn. Think about the storms you've faced. Things like the death of a loved one, the rebellion of a much-loved child, financial losses, a marriage that faltered or failed, a parent with dementia or other devastating illness, your own failing health, all present challenges and heartache that are enormous and, at times, all-consuming. Can you remember how your faith sustained you in those difficult times? Can you imagine navigating those storms without Jesus?

I see people almost every day who face enormous difficulties, and you probably do, too.  Those without Christ break my heart. Just as Jesus said, a "storm" is too much for them, and they collapse rather than trust Christ to help them through. When what must be done is more than humanly possible, they lack the resources to accomplish it anyway through Christ. That's when I begin to hear, "I can't..."  and I think, "Oh, but Christ can." Having heard of Him but rejected Him, not everyone wants to hear again. Just as He said, the ruin is great. The destruction is a tragedy. 

We live in a nation that is ostensibly Christian yet filled with people who know Christ by name by not by heart. When the hard times come, they will bring collapse and destruction, unless someone shares the love of Jesus with those who need Him. 

Will you be the one to bring the hope of Christ into a desperate situation? Evangelism has been described as one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread. We have the Bread of Life. Let's share it. 

Pray today that the destruction our loved ones have already faced will leave them searching for truth and that their search will not end until they find their truth in Christ alone. Pray too for a heart filled with compassion for those facing the storms of life with Jesus. 
Here's the link to last might's post: