Matthew 6:5-7:29, January 19, 2020
Review: Jesus’ Foundation For Our Lives
Let’s begin our review here
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. 2The 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.
We are talking about the foundation for your life. To build a rock solid foundation for our lives we have to put Jesus’ words into practice.
Let’s look at His words we need to put into practice if our life is to have a solid foundation. First a qualifier, a life on a solid foundation does not mean a life without trials, tribulations, pain, and illness. Instead it means a foundation strong enough to deal with all of those. So, let’s start with Jesus’ words on prayer, especially 6:5-15. Our foundation on the rock begins with prayer. While nothing is required of us to receive God’s forgiveness, we are expected, commanded, to forgive as we are forgiven. Unforgiveness, bitterness, desire for revenge are all things that hold us to this earth (earthly treasures) and separate us from God and would weaken the foundation.
6:19-20 Treasures in Heaven. Build your treasures in heaven and the foundation of your life on the rock of heaven.
6:25, 32-34 Do Not Worry. You cannot build your foundation on worry. We have to instead seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.
7:1-6 Judging Others. “That which charity teaches us to call but a splinter in our brother’s eye, true repentance and godly sorrow will teach us to call it a beam in our own.” Matthew Henry
7:7-12 Ask Seek Knock. Again, pray and trust God to give good gifts (v11) and what we call the golden rule (v12) instead of judging others!
7:13-14 Narrow and Wide Gates. Dana last week mentioned week a popular secular tee shirt with a great deal of truth on it.
If we are building a foundation for our lives we have to be aware of the narrow road that leads to life which only a few find. Why do so few find it? Because they are not praying, nor building treasures in heaven, always worrying instead of seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness, always judging others harshly, not trusting God to give good gifts, and certainly not treating others as we would like to be treated. So we look for a gate without any of these directions or requirements.
In fact not only do we not love our neighbors as ourselves, we refuse to love our enemies (5:43-48) which was a prelude to foundational prayer as well as giving to the needy (6:1-4) for secular praise instead of building treasures in heaven. How do we avoid choosing the wide gate instead of the narrow gate?
7:15-20 True and False Prophets. As Dana said, the false prophets will sell you tickets to hell. Look at verse 20, what fruit do the prophets have? Are they using the word of God directly or are they twisting it to sell a fruit that looks good and sweet, but is simply the approval of sin, contrary to God’s word.
7:21-23 False Followers. Who are these people who are Jesus says He never knew? They are those who do not do the will of my Father who is in heaven as we request in v6:10 of the prayer Jesus gave us and seek His kingdom and righteousness in v6:33. Thus in v7:21 the only ones who will enter the kingdom of heaven are those who are doing their best to do the will of Jesus Father in heaven. Do otherwise and we are not building a solid foundation on rock.
7:24-27 Building Wisely or Foolishly. So our review is almost complete The people Jesus was speaking to knew the danger of building on sand and He was telling them His words were worth of building a life on solid rock. Jesus reminds His listeners (and us – are we listening) that just listening to His words were not enough to build a sold foundation in their lives, they must put His words into practice. This harkens back to Ezekiel 33:30-32 where his words were not put into practice. And also to the prophecy in Psalm 118:22.
7:28-29 Crowds Amazed. He spoke with authority, as if He personally knew what He was talking about, because He did! He was not simply repeating what He had been taught.
We might foolishly ask why should we put into practice the words of this sermon on the mount? Because of its beauty, its impressive analogies, its life illustrations? Why?
The simple answer is we should put the sermon into practice because beyond its moral, ethical, and spiritual teaching is the person of the teacher Himself. It is the message of the person and work of Jesus Christ. It’s amazing good news is that He can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. He can change a sinner into a saint. Truly following Him can result in a real ticket for us to heaven. We have to put His words into practice. Will we? What will we do when the rubber meets the road?