In the closing remarks of his first public sermon, Jesus said, “Whosoever HEARETH these sayings of mine and DOETH them, I will liken him unto a WISE man…” (Matthew 7:24).
Simply put—A wise person is a doer of “The Word” and not just a hearer.
I am convinced that if we will not heed the instructions given in– “The Sermon on The Mount “as recorded in Matthew chapters five, six, and seven, then all other preaching is in vain.
Jesus, the Master Teacher, beginning with the “Beatitudes,” said:
- Blessed are they which Hunger and Thirst after righteousness–Verse 6.
- Blessed Are the Merciful–Verse 7.
- Blessed Are the Pure in Heart–Verse 8.
- Blessed Are the Peacemakers–Verse 9.
- You are the salt of the earth—verse 13.
- Let your light shine—Verse 16.
- Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees– Verse 20
- Thou shall not commit adultery– Verse 27.
- Let your communication be Yes or No– Verse 37
- Love your Enemies– Verse 44
- Be ye therefore perfect– Verse 48.
These were just some of the instructions Jesus gave as he introduced the lesson.
When we examine our lives in the light of these verses, I am sure we can all agree—we are a long way off from what God expects from us. We have all got work to do.
However, this was only the first public sermon.
How many more sermons have you heard over the years?
Every Christian hears at least 360 sermons a year (almost one each day), including the word ministered through song or gospel music. Some of us have been to church all our lives. If we are “The light of the world”— Why is there so much darkness?
Furthermore, with Churches on almost every street corner of America’s major cities– Why is there still so much violence and bloodshed?
Has the salt lost its savor? (“Ye are the salt of the earth”).
Is there any power left in the blood of Jesus?
Is God able to do what he said?
As we leave Church on Sunday, we often talk about how wonderful the service was and how angelic the choir sounded, and yes, that was a good sermon, (That Pastor can preach) yet we go right back to what was as the hours pass on.
The days of the week roll by, and we are back again because it is Sunday morning, eager to hear what the preacher has to say today.
What then?… We repeat last week’s response.
And so, weeks and months, and years, roll on–hearing the word, but, doing nothing–no transformed lives, no renewal of the mind, we are still struggling with doubt and fear, sin, and condemnation.
But, we are regular Church-goers–hearing the word.
While Jesus was speaking at another engagement, a certain woman interrupted Him saying,” Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou has sucked.”
Jesus responded,” Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it. (Luke 11:27,28).
Our focus at “The Wisdom Centre” is to hear the word and do it. I have no intention or obligation to preach or teach any other sermon or lesson until we have fully applied Jesus’s sermon. So, at the risk of nagging, I will continue to echo—”Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness….”
And, like the Apostle Paul, I strive–“My speech and preaching is not with the enticing words of man’s wisdom but in the demonstration of the Spirit and power of God; that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men but the power of God.” (2 Corinthians 2:4,5).
As Jesus closed His sermon, He said, “Everyone that heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them not is like a fool….” (Matthew 7:26).
Now, here is my simple question. Where have you been building your house, the solid rock, or sinking sand?
Why continue to repent?
Hear The Word of God and be obedient–Do It.