In my first year in college I took a history course which had several books as required reading. At that time I was not ready to take college seriously and didn’t take the time to read many of the assignments (the books were boring!). Everything seemed to be fine all through the many weeks of the class until the final exam came around. I was unable to answer a huge portion of the questions and got a low grade in the class.
God teaches us in our experiences with His presence. God teaches us through the Scripture and through worship. God teaches us through the lessons of Jesus. Will we take the time to make these teachings part of who we are?
Jesus spent a huge portion of his ministry teaching people about the kingdom of God and how we are to live as believers. But then, like today, not everyone embraced the lessons and lived out what Jesus taught. To whom does Jesus compare a person who lives out his teaching? What about the person who doesn’t live out his teaching?
We may be among the faithful people who attend church, take part in Bible study, and even read our Bible when we can. But God’s teachings involve more than just hearing the words from Scripture and reading them. The lessons from God are there to change us.
We can change into more perfect people when we embrace what is being taught. We must understand what the lessons are that God teaches us. We must comprehend what Jesus teaches. But then we must put these lessons into practice.
Simply having the information available to us does no good if we don’t learn from the teachings. If we can’t live out what is taught, if we can’t change who we are through our understanding of God’s lessons, then we have not given ourselves the spiritual foundation to weather the storms of faith.
We can hear the lessons from God, but we must also internalize them, putting them into practice, living them out in our day-to-day. When we do that then we have the strength to endure the challenges of life and the challenges to our faith.
DAILY CHALLENGE: How can you be certain the foundation of your house of faith is firm?