| I will show you what he is like...
|Do you remember these words? They come from Luke 6:47, “Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and does them, I will show you what he is like:” [ESV]
There are three conditions that have to be met in order for you to be like the man that Christ describes (the one who builds his house on the solid rock):
 You have to come to Christ. That may sound overly simple, but you would be surprised how many people think coming to church is the same as coming to Christ.
 You must hear Christ’s words. Don’t laugh, you would be surprised how many people hear only what they want to hear, and disregard the rest.
 You must do what Christ demands. This is a rubber meets the road condition. If you are not doing what Christ demands, then you are not building your house on the rock.
That third point is so elegantly simple it cuts through all the clutter of religion, doesn’t it? One could answer the question, “is all your labor in vain?” by simply asking, “are you living in obedience to Christ, or are you just following good habits?”
When we talk about a Christ-less Christianity, we are not talking about someone else who lives far away and is the exception - typically we are talking about someone in your church, maybe even you! We are talking about the person who invests himself in everything Christian but Christ.
My encouragement to you, if you are struck by these words, is to take a long look at your brand of Christianity, and then look at the words of Christ. Put yourself in the right box, then deal with it, rather than justify it.
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