“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Every one who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep, and laid the foundation upon rock; and when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house, and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But he who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation; against which the stream broke, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” (Lk 6: 46-49)
So let me “dig deep” today, in heartfelt prayer to, and communion with, my dependable Foundation and my Rock, our one-and-only Lord Jesus Christ. He invites me not only to “call” to Him, saying, “Lord, Lord…,” but also to “do” as He says, so that my “house” does not crumble in “ruin.” Because His ways are, actually, easier than mine, as I have found. For example, I can try “meekness,” rather than aggressive argumentation, when my colleague or boss or “significant other” suggests a change of plan, with which I disagree. I might discover, if I “duck under the wave” of meekness, either by offering a soft response, or by being silent in the moment, that my “house” remains intact. Because in the long-run, “Blessed are the meek,” as the Lord says, “for they shall inherit the earth” (Mt 5: 5).
So let me choose my battles wisely, and confront them wisely, on this cross-carrying journey, in light of God’s word, that my “house” may remain intact, and that I may continue to grow through all its “floods” and calamities.