I sometimes find it hard to understand those people who say they believe in Jesus, yet don’t follow what He clearly teaches in Scripture.
In Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV), we hear Jesus say: “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.
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
In the Old Testament as well as the New Testament – we are constantly reminded to put God’s words into practice. It’s not just some form of intellectual – nodding of our head in agreement – with what’s written in the Bible; it’s about putting our beliefs into action. It’s our actions that bear witness to others that we follow Jesus!
Do others, see Christ in you – as you live out your daily life?
Selwyn writes: “At the beginning of the Passover, the Master issues the disciples with a set of very unusual and unexpected instructions. ‘Go into the city’. He tells them, ‘and you will see a man carrying a pitcher of water; follow him and he will take you to a room where we will celebrate the Passover together. …
(We should note): the complete and utter confidence the disciples had in the word and command of Jesus. No one remonstrated with Him and said, ‘But, Master, men don’t usually carry pitchers of water – that is normally a task that women perform.’ Neither did they say, ‘Lord, what will this man think of us when we attempt to follow him?’
The disciples had obviously learned to trust the word of Jesus and to act without questioning His commands.”
Did you notice that Selwyn raised two points that are often involved in our failures to act for Jesus. One, we can be frozen by the fear of what others might think of us – if, we step out and identify ourselves as disciples of Jesus, by our actions.
The second point is that we can be halted in our walk with Jesus, if we let our flawed intellect make spiritual decisions without first seeking guidance from God. There are many parallels to the ‘men don’t carry pitchers of water’ issue; when God asks us to do something, which doesn’t match with what we may call ‘normal’. Satan is always present to draw our attention to this issue; and I think it’s a common trap for many people.
What’s your view on this issue?