40 Bible Stories Devotion, Day 24: Parables

The Strong Foundation

Luke 6:46-49

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

(NIV1984)

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We cannot go through the Scriptures without some of the wisdom of Christ.  It is not really a story, but a parable He has told.  Jesus would often speak in parables and then say, “He who has ears, let him hear.”  Once the disciples asked Jesus why He spoke in parables like He did.  His answer is a lesson on spirituality:

Matthew 13:10-11

The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

 He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.

(NIV1984)

How can the Lord refer to his parables as secrets?  He is teaching out in the open where everyone can hear.  When I read through the parables, there are some that I think everyone would need just a little more explanation, but so many are very clear.  The analogy that the Lord gives us in Luke 6 above is very clear.  The person who does what He says is like a man who builds his house on rock.  To follow the words of Christ produces a strong foundation so that when the storms of life come, we will overcome.  Those who do not will be destroyed by the torrents of life.  But is this a secret?

It is not secretive.  It is spiritual.  It is not that the things that the Lord said were incomprehensible.  The issue was that it did not make sense.  To follow the words of Christ, one first had to dig down deep.  There is work involved.  The rock is not easily accessible.  This is not because Christ is hidden, but because to follow His words requires mental, emotional, and sometimes physical work.  We have to deny our own desires and our own ways of responding and reacting to people and situations.  It is not that His ways are secretive.  It is that His ways force us to dig down deep within our own soul, take an honest look at ourself, and then make some difficult changes.

Where do you need to dig down deep to follow the words of Christ?

Pastor Lee is the Lead Pastor at CrossRoads Community Church in San Antonio, Texas. His message focuses on the healing power of Scripture through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is the Father of three awesome sons and he is madly in love with his wife, Amy. And his favorite past time is losing golf balls in the rough while attempting to play a round of golf.

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