How many of us know the words of Jesus Christ? How many of us follow His teachings? How many of us listen to His voice? Let us begin in Luke 6:46, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”
“Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.” In order for us to understand the Word of God, should we understand the sayings of Jesus Christ? Is there any way to know the Lord or understand the Bible without his teachings?
Jesus tells us in Luke 14, “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” He also tells in in numerous ways, “if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Are you leaving it all behind for the Lord? Are you denying yourself through abstinence? Are you attempting to crucify your flesh with your lusts, passions, and desires, on a daily basis? Are you following the Lord and walking as He did? “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” – 1 John 2:6. Are you sharing the truth with others as Jesus did? Are you his disciple?
As we dig deep through the Bible and the words of Jesus in the Gospels, He teaches us that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Have you learned His ways? Are you doing them? Have you learned the bitter truth? “Is it not written in your law, I said ye are gods.” – John 10:34. Are you building your temple as you are forsaking everything else? “Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
Why did Jesus say, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple?” Why is the New Testament about people forsaking it all and following Jesus, even as the healings, which represent the same thing? “Rise, take up thy bed (abstain, deny), and walk (follow me)?” And immediately, you are made whole.
If the Lord was to come back tomorrow, what would you say to Him? “But he that heareth, and doeth not (my sayings), is like a man that without a foundation built a house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.”
As we are told that Jesus is the Life, that life only comes by understanding His sayings, and doing them. Life comes by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. As I have been seeing and hearing more and more about this Canary Island situation, I consider all of those that I know, who are living as if we all will have one more day to do better. We all need to live as if today was our very last day. We all need to live as if the Lord was calling us Home. Because, we truly never know. “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”
Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner