Standing Strong: Think Long Term


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Jun. 28, 2020

Luke records Jesus saying to his disciples, “why do you call me Lord and do not do what I say?” If someone is Lord they have a place of authority – having power to command or influence thought and/or behavior. Then Jesus uses a story about a wise/foolish builder to illustrate the benefits and risks of living/not living by what he says. The one who listens and lives by what he says is like the man who “digs down deep” to find immovable stone to build his house (life) on. He/she intentionally gives attention to foundational things – to what the house/life is being built on. As a result, when challenges come – like the things we’ve just looked at as causing worry for us – life will stand against those challenges as a house resting on a foundation dug deep stands against a violent torrent. But the one who does not take time to dig deep – the one who just starts building in ways that construct a house as quickly as possible – that life will be like the builder who gives no attention to what the house is standing on, so that when those challenges come, the life will collapse just like the house that simply stands on the ground. Giving attention to the deep parts of our lives is giving attention to our life-storm stamina and life sustainability.

For Jesus, to dig deep means to not just HEAR what he says, but LIVE by what he says. Read the following passages and pay attention to what it looks like to live out Jesus' words.

MONDAY (06/29): Romans 12:9-21

TUESDAY (06/30): Ephesians 4:17-5:20

WEDNESDAY (07/01): Galatians 5:13-6:10

THURSDAY (07/02): 1 John 4:7-21

To prepare for our next times in worship, read the following scripture texts. As  you read, note how God takes what IS and makes it better.

FRIDAY (07/03): Ezekiel 36:22-36

SATURDAY (07/04): Titus 3:1-8

SAUNDAY (07/05): John 15:1-8