Matthew 7:24–27 (ESV)
Build Your House on the Rock
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew
and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And
the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Jesus begins this sermon
by declaring that God blesses the poor in spirit, the mourning, the meek, and those who are hungry for God’s saving righteousness (5:3–12). These are the ones who receive Jesus and His teaching with understanding (cf 13:23). Saving faith in Jesus
is living and active, eager to do what He says. “Good works certainly and without doubt follow true faith” (FC Ep IV 6). Jesus concludes His sermon by picturing the secure future guaranteed to the wise disciple who hears His words and does them.
I pray: Jesus, my Teacher, and Master, bless my hearing and doing of Your Word. Amen.