Come, listen, put into practice

These are notes from the sermon What are you building your life on? (length 41:04) by Josh Harris and based on Luke 6:46-49.

In his introduction, Harris tells of upbringing in a subculture of the Christian subculture, a ‘double bubble’. As a result, he never considered that the parable of the builders applied to him. However, the opening verse tells us that Jesus was talking to religious people (who called Him ‘Lord’) and not to pagans. The parable is a warning to nominal believers.

Harris highlights three principles from the passage:

1. Come to Jesus

It is possible to make our Christianity about things other than Jesus Christ. Harris uses an apt illustration from the Amish practice of rumspringa, in which teens given the chance of leaving the community choose to stay for reasons other than God and His word.

Only by turning from sin and turning to Christ can we be saved.

2. Listen to Jesus’ words

Jesus’ words aren’t only those highlighted in red in the gospels—they’re the entire Bible. Additionally, listening to Jesus isn’t about accumulating Bible facts. Harris tells a most humourous fictional story to drive this point home (at 21:30 in the audio).

The Bible is the story of God’s redemption through Jesus Christ.

3. Put into practice

Not putting into practice Jesus’ words does nothing for you—like watching an exercise video from your couch.

You can fool everybody, but you can’t fool the storm. The storm hit both houses, but only one was left standing. Genuine faith in Christ is that which is standing despite the storms of life, the greatest of which is death.

If you’re built on the rock, you can be assured that nothing will separate you from God’s love in Christ Jesus.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39)