Luke 6:46-49 “Dug Down Deep”
Today we look at the last section of the sermon on the plain. Jesus finishes up his teaching with an admonition to not just hear what He says, but to couple that hearing and believing but with obedience. This comes right after his discussion of fruit. Which was a reminder that the things He is calling us to do will only be accomplished through people who have had a DNA level change. True conversion produces true fruit. One of the point in last weeks message was that words mean a lot and how we say words means a lot more. Today another look at the same thing comes about. not only do our words carry weight, but the actions that follow our words mean more. In fact, paying lip service to something reveal a head knowledge, but following those words with actions in line with that confession are crucial to actually living a Christian life.
Have you ever used a word so much that it loses its meaning? When you say that something is “awesome” are you actually “in awe” of that thing, or is it simply a phrase that coms easy to you? When you say you are starving, are you anywhere close to death, or has it been a few hours since your last meal? How about this, when you say that Jesus is your Lord, What does that mean to you?
Well, I believe in our day that word has lost a lot of its weight. When we say Jesus is our Lord, we often mean that we gave our heart to Jesus. But I don’t think we very often think about the implications of that relationship… Well, I think it is good to know that this is not a new thing, because here in this text, Jesus admonishes his followers for calling Him Lord and not doing what he says.
Lord: “someone or something having power, authority, or influence; a master or ruler.”
1. The Foundation: Either deep (Hearing and obeying) or Shallow (hearing and not obeying)
2. The Flood: Suffering; Persecution, Hardships, Health, Family
3. The Final Result: Ruin, Rock Solid
Application: So, now lets look at the commands that Jesus has played out in this sermon and ask ourselves one question. “Am I obeying Christ in these things?”
Speak the truth.
Rejoice when persecuted.
Love your Enemies (political, religious, national), do Good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you. This is not a passive command, this is active.
Don’t be judgmental.
Show humility in correction.