Daily D – Luke 6:46-47
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things I say? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them: . . .”
LUKE 6:46-47 (CSB)
They are foundation words, words to build a life on.”
We live in a world full of words. So much talking goes on every day it can drive you insane if you try to pay attention to it all. The wisest among us appear to be those who spend the least amount of time with cable news, news radio, and pointed publications. Social media finds a way to tell us more and more of what we already believe. One source echoes another and the circle is drawn tighter and tighter. Yes, I believe that is the definition of a noose.
There are some words worth pondering again and again, day by day. These are the words of truth and life from Jesus. They are, as he describes here in this paragraph, foundational. How firm is your foundation?
It would do us well to spend time daily reading the world’s words through the lens of Jesus’ words and not the other way around. It is impossible to build a life on political correctness because these are among the sandy foundations Jesus talks about in verse 49. These standards shift pretty quickly. One Hollywood guy this week tried to speak from yesterday’s politically correct standard only to be canceled by today’s standard.
Truth stands the test of time, Proverbs 12:19 tells us. It also says, “Lies are soon exposed” (NLT). If we do not stand on the truth, we will fall for anything, and we will fall hard.
It is incumbent for us to a) know the truth, and b) live truth-shaped lives. We need to know what Jesus says and do what he says. As Peter noted in John 6:68, “You (Jesus) have the words of eternal life.” Eternal beats politically correct every time. Eternal words last forever. They remain true for all people in all places at all times.
How is our commitment to the truth measured? It is in what we do and what we say. (Read Luke 6:43-49). It is in living what we say we believe when we say we believe in Jesus.
I will read the newspaper with Jesus.
Our Father, empower me to see the world from your perspective. Empower me to live what I say I believe. Deliver me from clever lies and faithless living. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.