Last month, I mentioned Matthew 7:21-23 in my devo on Hebrews 4. Well, we’ll take a little deeper dive into Matthew 7 in today’s Bible reading. Jesus concludes his Sermon on the Mount. In these final moments, he talks about judging other people: don’t do it, but realize that you will be able to
He also talks about prayer: keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking and you’ll receive, find, and doors will be opened for you. (Matthew 7:7-8) Notice the continual emphasis in his statements; He doesn’t say that we should just ask, seek, and knock once, or even a couple of times.
Next, He tells us that the broad road leads to destruction, but the Narrow Gate leads to the Kingdom of God. In this section, he talks about the necessity of judging people by their fruit. He says that not every “believer” will enter the Kingdom of God.
Finally, Jesus says there are two ways we can build our lives: On the solid rock of His Word or on shifting sands of everything else. If we build our lives on His Word, we’ll have a solid foundation when storms come. But if we build our lives on anything else, we won’t have anything to stand on when storms come.
When crews begin construction a high-rise building, they don’t build up from the ground level. First, they spend a lot of time digging down to bedrock before building up. A skyscraper needs a deep, solid foundation to support the entire structure. Houses — and even streets — have to have a good foundation, with iron rebar woven through the concrete slab.
According to God’s grace that was given to me, I have laid a foundation as a skilled master builder, and another builds on it. But each one is to be careful how he builds on it. For no one can lay any other foundation than what has been laid down. That foundation is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, each one’s work will become obvious. For the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one’s work. If anyone’s work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward. 5If anyone’s work is burned up, he will experience loss, but he himself will be saved—but only as through fire. 1 Corinthians 3:10–15 (CSB)
We need to read this chapter as one continuing, developing thought and not take the individual parts on their own. The bottom line is that everything that we say and do is to be built on God’s Word. Everything.
And Relationship with God is everything. The worst thing any “believer” will ever hear is, “I know you called yourself a Christian and you even did a lot in my name, but we never had a relationship”. You can do marvelous things, miraculous things and still miss everything.” As someone once said, “You can climb the ladder of success and then learn that your ladder’s leaning on the wrong wall.”
Notice: the people who were condemned in Matthew 7:21-23 were just nominal “believers”, average church-goers. These are people known for their outward displays of their faith. These are people who are “doing God’s work”. If Jesus condemns people who are “doing the deal”, do you really think He will overlook you if you merely “believe”. Jesus’ half-brother says that even demons believe! And yet, they are awestruck by the One they recognize as the God Who is. (James 2:19)
Are you awestruck by the God Who Is?
Don’t miss this or you’ll miss everything! Build your life on God’s Word. Spend time reading it. Spend time studying it. Spend time memorizing it. Not so that you will know stuff. Do it so that you will know Him. Because knowing and being known by Him is everything. (John 17:3)