39 He also told them this parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?
40 A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.
41 "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
42 How can you say to your brother, `Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
43 "No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.
44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers.
45 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
46 "Why do you call me, `Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?
47 I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice.
48 He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.
49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete."
Walking the Talk (6:39~44)
Many of us are experts at pointing out the mistakes that others have made, but we rarely apply the same expertise when it comes to our own faults. All too often, we set the bar for others unreachably high while we ourselves live far below our own standards. But as believers, the only standard we should be concerning ourselves with is Christ’s standard. When we devote our lives to living for Him and daily trust in His Word, our lives will be transformed, and we will bear the good fruit of the Spirit. As children of God, we should be perpetual students of His Word who are willing to apply its principles in our day-to-day experiences.
- What aspects of your life has God been challenging lately through His Word? What are you doing about it?
The Two Foundations (6:45~49)
Jesus likens Christian discipleship to two builders. One meticulously lays the foundation of his house on solid rock, a difficult and costly process. The other builder does not bother with a foundation, which is easier and less expensive. The quality of their work is soon put to the test. The house built on the rock endures the harsh storms, but the house without a foundation is completely destroyed. Following Christ requires commitment and investment; it is a joyful but costly pursuit. Those who choose to follow Christ must be willing to lay down their lives, swim against the currents of this world, and pay the price of following Him.
- Do you sometimes find yourself hearing God’s Word but not putting it into practice? What might be keeping you from obeying God’s Word?
A letter to God
Dear Lord Jesus, You are the best teacher. Help me through Your Holy Spirit to be a good student of Your Word. May I not stop at simply knowing the truth but strive to live in out. In Your name. Amen.
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