Monday, September 12, 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Luke 6: 43-49

Jesus said to his disciples:
“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit,
nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.
For every tree is known by its own fruit.
For people do not pick figs from thornbushes,
nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good,
but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil;
for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command?
I will show you what someone is like who comes to me,
listens to my words, and acts on them.
That one is like a man building a house,
who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock;
when the flood came, the river burst against that house
but could not shake it because it had been well built.
But the one who listens and does not act
is like a person who built a house on the ground
without a foundation.
When the river burst against it,
it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.”

Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command?

Is my faith not enough?

What is the proof of love? Is it not the works we are motivated to do because of that love? If you are married you tell your spouse, “I love you!” but is that all you ever do? Do you not go out of your way to show your spouse how much you love them? Do you get them presents, remember their birthday and anniversary? Do you tell them that they are beautiful? Do you bring them flowers and other gifts? Do you sacrifice yourself for them?

When we love someone we do all kinds of things for them to show our love. If you love Jesus shouldn’t you do what he asks of you? Another word for faith is trust and trust alone is meaningless if it is never tested or demonstrated. When you trust in Jesus what do you do? You listen to his words and you act upon them. To stand and listen to the Word of God and then go off and live any way you choose doesn’t demonstrate trust in the Lord. It does not show faith or love. In fact it shows just the opposite. You cannot love the Lord by faith alone.

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