Are you a doer of Jesus’ words?
Matthew 7 closes out Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. In this final portion of the sermon Jesus leaves us with two primary thoughts.
First, Jesus challenges our relationships with others, as well as God. When it comes to our relationships with others, we first need to make sure we are living in such a way so as to not criticize and point out other people’s problems without first checking our own hearts. Yes, there is a time and place for helping a brother or sister with their issues, but not without doing it in love and giving a self examination. Jesus ultimately sums up our interactions with others by saying we need to love as we want to be loved (the Golden Rule), which is really a summary of the second greatest commandment (Matthew 22:39).
While we are loving others, we also need to examine our relationship with God. Our primary means of communication with God comes through Bible study and prayer. Therefore, we need to make these a priority in our lives. Our desire should be to constantly ask God for the wisdom and help needed to live a godly life.
Finally, Jesus ends his sermon with a challenge: what kind of person will you be? Will you be wise or foolish? The foolish person is one who does not bear good fruit, and might even be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. They very well may profess faith & do good deeds, but their heart is far from God. The ultimate way to know you’re following God is to take the narrow path of holiness, which involves both hearing and doing what Jesus commands. It is this person who will inherit the kingdom of heaven and receive eternal life.
Today, examine the totality of Jesus’ words in this sermon and see if you are the wise or foolish person.