24 “Everybody who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise builder who built a house on bedrock. 25 The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It didn’t fall because it was firmly set on bedrock. 26 But everybody who hears these words of mine and doesn’t put them into practice will be like a fool who built a house on sand. 27 The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It fell and was completely destroyed.”
Jesus sounded like a wise coach when he said his followers should “hear these words of mine” and “put them into practice.” It’s not enough for the coach to draw up a winning play on a white board. We often hear that the players need to “execute” even the best game plan. Jesus, too, put emphasis on not just hearing but on doing. And in life, as in football, we “execute” amid the challenges and even chaos of events, not in a safe, sterile environment.
- Hard times will challenge any team that hopes to be champions. Any believer, like any team, will face rain, floods or wind that can disrupt and derail them from their goal. NFL Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy once said, “Everything’s not going to go perfect. You’re going to have some losses that you’re going to have to bounce back from and some things that are a little unforeseen that you’re going to have to deal with.”* Can you recall a time when you had to put Jesus' principles into practice during a “storm” in your life?
- Jesus' parable said if you do not build your faith on a solid foundation, then difficulties will certainly present a serious challenge to your faith. What choices and habits up to now have helped you build your faith on bedrock? Are there other “faith building” actions you want to pursue going forward? What tests have you faced in which you were able to find God when you needed God the most?
Lord Jesus, keep us from saying one thing with our words and another with our deeds. Help me to build a durable foundation of faith to withstand the most extreme circumstances, Amen.
* Quote found at: https://www.brainyquote.com/search_results?q=tony+dungy.
Kari is a part of Resurrection's ShareChurch team. She is involved with the marketing, guest registration, and volunteer coordination for the conferences we host, and she considers it a joy to serve, using her gifts to help renew God's church. She enjoys running and hiking and loves being a cheerleader for her girls at all of their sporting, music and school events.