This message was preached by Colin D' Cruz at Word of Grace Church Pune, on the 8th of December 2013.
On an average a Christian listens to 100 hours of sermons in a year. So is lack of knowledge a problem ?
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Almost 50 weeks have passed this year. WE have heard at least 50 sermons. The average Christian has listened to at least 100 hours of sermons this year when you count the Conferences, seminars, God TV messages they listen to. That is a lot!! It’s a huge treasure chest but this morning I am going to give you a key to unlock this treasure chest that will make it beneficial to you. Thirty years ago we were starved of Bible knowledge; Christian books were not easily available especially in our country. Today there is no lack of knowledge. But we do lack in one thing – obedience.
Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew chapters 5 to 7. Toward the end he talks about two men building different kinds of houses. WE are like that. We have so many messages in our minds but what have we done with it?
Matt 7:24-27 We admire all beautiful buildings. Has anyone seen the foundations of the Taj Mahal or does anyone ask to see it? Nobody ever looks at the foundations of a building. We only look at the super structure and we admire it for it beauty. But Jesus at the end of the Sermon on the Mount talks about 2 men.
All of us are building something. We fall into either of these two categories, one wise and the other foolish. The foolish build on sand. Building on sand is very easy. It does not take time. The other man built on rock. He dug deep till he hit bed rock and then he started to build. It was hard work and took time.
One takes long and the other a short amount of time. The amazing thing is that both super structures can look the same and be as beautiful to the eye.
Note that storms cam to both the structures but the results were different – one stood while the other crashed.
How do we build? We hear 100 hours of messages and that is one part. The important part is then doing what it says. Sandman only heard. Rocky heard and did. We all look the same everyday but when the tests come will we be found standing or wanting?
Hearing only is like building on sand.
Hearing and doing is like building on bedrock.
Jesus warns us about this often.
None of us like to be deceived. James 1:22 “ Not everyone who says Lord , Lord will talk’s bout being hearers and not doers and thus being deceived. We should put into practice what we hear.
Matt7:25 Some people say a lot of things. They have the gift of the gab but they don’t do it.
All those 100 messages are useless if we have not put something into practice. Let’s think about what we can put into practice before this year is over.
So lets go and just do it.
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