The Kingdom, Built To Last
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.Matthew 7:21-29
Oscar Wilde wrote, “a happy ending depends on when you end the story.” Today’s passage comes at the end of Jesus’ Sermon On The Mount. Not only is this where Jesus chose to end this sermon but within it is the pathway to a “happy ending” for all who “hear and do” His message. He is the “beginning and end, the alpha and omega” of our story. And that if we allow Him to be “the author and finisher of our faith” then our lives culminate with a purposeful ending on earth and the ultimate happy ending in heaven.
How will your story end? Following are your blessed building blocks:
- Speak truth in love. Holy words have power to write a happy ending when they reveal what God is doing in and from our lives (Mt. 7:21-23).
- Hear and apply Jesus’ message. Wise people will. What we do and say must be built upon God’s foundation (Mt. 7:24-27). Foolish people build from their own egos.
- Live in the authority of His Kingdom. No one else has the eternal authority to make happy endings come true (Mt. 7:28-29).
Happy endings require our partnering with God. Avoid the following: If we stop believing in the middle of life’s storms then we allow the storm to write an unhappy ending. If we only pretend to believe then we crumble under stormy pressures. If we try to hedge our bets by trusting our character to competing “authorities” then the impure building materials of our character will falter in the storm.
Live in Christ’s Kingdom and know the happiness that is built to last.