24″Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27
We had an interesting discussion in Bible Study when we were studying the book of St. John. We were examining Jesus’ actions as he humbled himself and washed the disciples feet and the question was asked, “Should we physically follow Jesus’ example?” Some churches take his lead in washing the disciples’ feet literally and they perform foot washing services in the congregation. Of course we should note that Jesus was not giving an actual demand for us today to wash each other’s feet, but we do have a responsibility to humble ourselves to one another and serve one another in Christian love. The discussion opened up other areas of literal actions we see in some churches today. For instance, some churches stand when the Word of God is being read as a show of respect and reverence. Of course I don’t think there is anything wrong with that and neither did our pastor although we don’t practice it in our church. So, we should be careful not to judge churches on whether or not they do this or that. The real test of a Christian is not whether or not he/she stands during the reading of the Word or whether their church has a feet washing service – the true test is whether or not we live out the Bible in our daily walk and whether we put God’s Word into practice.
We all know the famous line, “The best Bible anyone could read is your life.” How can others know whether you reverence the Word? If you build your spiritual life on a firm foundation. Jesus says if you hear His words and put them into practice you are like a house that is built on a rock. Trials, tribulations and calamity may come but your faith remains strong because your foundation, your anchor is the Word of God! The Bible says to not only be hearers but doers of His Word.
Don’t get caught up in judging others by which rituals they practice – but rather make sure that what you are practicing is a true indication of what’s in your heart. You can stand through all the scriptures, you can perform all types of rituals, but if your life doesn’t match and you aren’t committed to living God’s Word – then really, what’s the point?
c/ Candie A. Price