Daily Reading: This morning, we’re reading Luke 6. Start there, then read this devotion that will tie in with what you’ve read.
God’s grace poured out on us gives us many wonderful things. It gives us hope for eternity, relationship with God, forgiveness of sin, a freedom from guilt and shame, we could go on and on. But God’s grace also gives us a new way of life and a Lord. God’s grace gives us a master. In Luke 6, Jesus spends time describing his counter cultural way of life and then he offers these words of warning:
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? 47 Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”
– Luke 6:46–49
I fear that sometimes we desire to discuss God’s grace, we love to celebrate his love, we get excited about singing songs of praise, but when the rubber meets the road in our daily lives, we may or may not be fleshing out the life that Jesus calls us to. Jesus has given us a beautiful way of life. He has called us to build on a firm foundation. And yet I think sometimes we interact with that way of life in just the way Jesus warns. We like to speak about how wonderful it is, but we aren’t crazy about doing what he tells us.
JC Ryle challenges us with these words:
“What is the foundation on which we ourselves are building? This, after all, is the question that concerns our souls.—Are we upon the rock, or are we upon the sand?—We love perhaps to hear the Gospel. We approve of all its leading doctrines. We assent to all its statements of truth about Christ and the Holy Ghost, about justification and sanctification, about repentance and faith, about conversion and holiness, about the Bible and prayer. But what are we doing? What is the daily practical history of our lives, in public and private, in the family and in the world? Can it be said of us, that we not only hear Christ’s sayings, but that we also do them?”
In God’s kindness to us, he has given us a revolutionary life that is designed by our creator, purchased by our King, and tested throughout history by saints who have gone before us. In a world that says no to authority, let us be a people who say yes to our beloved King. Not only with our words, but with the gritty details of our daily lives.