Listen To Jesus
September 8, 2015
“As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.” –Luke 6:46-47
In other words: Listen to Jesus, do what He says, when He says it, regardless if it makes any sense. Jesus shows us four ways we tend to become disobedient:
Fabricated obedience is still disobedience.
Notice that Jesus says, “Everyone who comes to me and hears my words.” It is easy to get caught up in what I want or what I think. Maybe that “feeling” from last night was less about the Holy Spirit and more about the burritos I ate for lunch. Jesus tells us to come to Him. To listen to Him. And in our media crazed world that is becoming more and more difficult.
I ask myself every morning, “Am I really focused on Christ in my Bible reading? In hearing from Him in prayer?”
Partial obedience is still disobedience.
Jesus says, “Puts them into practice.” Imagine if the builder said, “Okay, I like the roof line, but all these walls … are they really necessary?” Or, “I don’t know what all these 2x4s are for … let’s get rid of them. We can save money on that. Let’s just spend money on a huge TV.” We don’t need to get into the Greek here – just read the text. Did we actually listen to the entire command? His entire instructions?
Sometimes we are too busy to wait and hear it all. Sometimes we don’t want to hear it all because it means sacrifice so we get moving on step 1 so we won’t have to listen for the hard parts. Or, maybe even the worst crime – we heard what Jesus wants and simply don’t want to do it.
Maybe we can ask, “Is there an area of my life I am not giving to God? Is there a sore spot in my faith story that keeps me from giving God 100%?”
Delayed obedience is still disobedience.
It’s a good thing that this builder did what Jesus said when He said to do it and didn’t wait. Because if the builder would have waited, that same flood would have taken out a half built house. I can remember countless potential sandcastles that were ravaged by the incoming waves because the walls weren’t built yet.
In my life, I have a tendency to get busy. Life happens. But when I don’t build in space for God to move, I’m stuck. I’m frequently asking, “Has my calendar taken over my life so strictly that I have no space to allow the Spirit to lead?”
Filtered obedience is still disobedience.
This one is tough. We try so hard to be the wise man of Proverbs. To plan. To schedule. To count the cost. It’s wise to plan to work and work the plan. And afterwards debrief and get better, right?
But what about when God calls us to move outside of earthly wisdom? After all He is the One who chooses to use the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. If we’re not careful, earthly wisdom – that is so valuable to us day by day – will cause us to miss the opportunity to build a boat in the desert. To stand in the face of authority and demand freedom. To take trumpets into battle. To be willing to die so that others might be free.
The only way to obey God is to surrender our lives day by day to the Lordship of Christ. It’s a constant reliance on the power of the Spirit of God. And it’s making sure that our love for Jesus is central in everything we say and do.
When was the last time Jesus asked you to do something that required faith? If it’s been awhile, maybe we’re just not listening.
Prayer: Lord, help us to surrender to your obedience fully and completely and not make excuses. Give us a faith that desires to obey no matter what. Amen.
Pastor Brett Crimmel
Lead Pastor at ForeFront Church