January 10, 2023
Bishop, W. F. Houston, Jr.
***C H O F Ministry Bible Study Reading:
Luke 6:46–49 (MSG)
*C H O F Ministry Focal Verse: Luke 6:46
Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I say?
A striking picture of ignorance is painted in the book of Proverbs, which says, "As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly" (26:11).
This disturbing vision is hard to forget. We could, of course, also say something along the lines of "We should learn from our mistakes," but it wouldn't have nearly the same impact. Images are a very strong and efficient means of communicating meaning. Jesus frequently used parables to teach, in part, because of this. His illustration of the wise and the foolish builders serves to emphasize the notion that putting one's knowledge into practice is an essential component of a godly education. (vv. 47–48).
When storms strike, the house remains standing. Wise people listen to Jesus' words and apply them as well. But a fool constructs his house without foundation or on shifting sands. (v. 49; Matt. 7:24–27). When storms arrive, the structure falls. Despite hearing Jesus' words, he ignores them.
Obedience is what makes the difference!
It's ludicrous to refer to Jesus as "Lord" but disobey what He instructs (v. 46). It's just as crazy as if someone looked in the mirror but forgot what they looked like after doing so. (James 1:22–25).
The answer to how to live a life based on the Bible is simple: "Do what it says." (v. 22). Scripture contradicts our rationalist assumptions about what constitutes proper "learning." The impact of knowledge must be felt not only in our minds and emotions but also in our behaviors and words. Orthodoxy, which refers to correct doctrine, must be accompanied by orthopraxy (proper practice). Applying Jesus' teachings entails turning them from theoretical constructs into tangible realities. Beloved, it's not something you do once; it's something you do every day. It becomes a spiritual habit. After all, we’re evolving into Christ's likeness. (Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18)!
*Beloved, The book of Proverbs contains interesting metaphors that compare wisdom with idiocy. If you’re interested in increasing your knowledge in this topic, I suggest you use a concordance or another reference material.
Let Us Pray:
Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive us if our devotion to You has been little more than lip service. Grant us the determination to follow the steps of obedience, so that the way we live our life will demonstrate Your authority over us. May we always be obedient and willing servants who find joy in serving You! In Jesus’ Name, We Pray, Amen.