Make it Real

By: Perry Benson

Matthew 7:24-25

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  

 

Right action is important in our lives as Christians, not to prove our worth or righteousness, but because God wants to use our actions to lead and teach us.  We all remember the wise man who built his house on rock. What made him wise?  He was wise because he put Jesus' words into practice; in other words, he took action, which leads to wisdom.  When we take action and confront the obstacles that arise from real effort, we are digging deep and making the foundations of our faith stronger, building confidence that they will support whatever we build on them and even withstand a storm.

When I made my first commitment to action for CIC (bringing food for the breakfast meeting), the first thing I learned was gratitude; gratitude for the efforts of those who had preceded me, those who supported me, and those who would follow me when my work was done.  Such gratitude connects us to a great web of believers (past, present and future), a community – the body of Christ.  Building this kind of connectedness means we are never alone; we have learned where to look for help and have practiced asking for it.

I also learned how to keep my peacefulness in the midst of reality.  If I had been interrupted while working toward a business goal with a tight deadline, I might have felt stressed and lashed out.  If I behaved like this while I was about the Lord’s work, the person who interrupted me might conclude that the Lord’s work makes people grouchy.  I had to learn a different response - a peaceful one - that revealed the glory of the Lord. 

Each day as I continue trying to be obedient to the Lord, there are two possible outcomes: Success or failure. The Lord is quite capable of using either one.  If I fail, I learn to trust him more.  I get another lesson in his faithfulness and mercy.  I am humbled, learning compassion for my brothers and sisters who are also not perfect.  As we read in James 1:4, perseverance has to finish its work before we're ready to move on.  When finally I succeed, I will have witnessed the Lord's power in a personal way, and that power will be visible in the way I live. 

 

TAKE THE CHALLENGE:  Take some action today to further the Lord's work without concern for success or failure. Something as simple as phoning a friend could change a life (maybe even yours).