Jesus closed His Sermon on the Mount with an illustration comparing a wise man and a foolish man. ““Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 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” (Matthew 7:24–25).
Acquiring wisdom begins with a teachable spirit. When we are teachable, we are willing to listen to instruction. Though the crowd was surrounding Jesus and hearing Him, He was mainly speaking to the disciples and challenging them to hear what He was teaching. They would need to learn these lessons for the time when He was gone. As at many other times, Jesus used parables or illustrations to get the teaching point across. In this parable, Jesus compares someone who listens to His words to a wise man and then puts into practice what he heard.
This kind of man is like someone who built “his house on the rock.” In other words, hearing truth and applying the truth personally builds a spiritual foundation that will stand, especially during times of testing. James also likens this to looking in a mirror to examining whether what we hear is changing the way we live (James 1:22-25).
If you remember my blogs on maturity, this is the same process that leads us to maturity. If we listen to the Word of God (OBSERVE and MEDITATE) and then directly apply it to ourselves, we will stand firm in faith and mature to become more like Christ.
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