Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
The Sermon ends with this last concept – to be known by Jesus you must not only hear these words, but hearing must be followed by doing. And doing, we have seen all through the sermon, is not an easy task. In fact, I would say it appears an impossible task.
Though out, the point has been to achieve a form of righteousness greater than the Pharisees. They if anyone were indeed “doers” of the rules. But clearly their kind of doing was lacking.
Jesus is one for the great illustration. It’s the foundation on which one builds or in this case – does – that matters. Picture this:
- Man builds his house on a rock. Rain, flood, wind. House gets a beating but does not fall.
- Man builds his house on sand. Rain, flood, wind. House falls. Very loud ka-boom.
I am to follow Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit. Life will happen. Some days I will follow better than others, to be sure. But I will endure and always be “known and accepted” because I am in Jesus and covered by His righteousness.
To build on the sand of one’s own self-sufficiency (righteousness) is doomed in the end. That person will likely be surprised to find, after all that doing – ‘‘I never knew you”.