46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’(B) and do not do what I say?(C)47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice,(D) I will show you what they are like.48 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.49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
If Jesus is Lord, then he is King and Ruler. If I call Jesus `Lord', then I must do what he says. Like a diligent and loving servant, I must await his word of command. When he speaks through his word the Bible and gives me a command to obey or convicts me of a sin to forsake, I must do what he says. Then I may call him `Lord'.
2. Two houses (47-49)
Jesus told about two house builders. The houses they built looked alike, but the foundations were different. One house was built with deep foundations and laid on a rock. It withstood the flood. But the other was built without foundations. It collapsed when the torrent struck. Those who hear and obey God's word are building on rock. Those who hear God's word, but don't take it seriously, are building lives with no foundation. The house of their faith will collapse in the first hard storm.
Prayer: Lord, you are my King. Help me to hear your word and obey it.