#4. Foundational living continues with…
- A. Jesus as the ______________ of my life.
“… and hears my words…” Luke 6:47b NIV
No one really likes to be inspected. When I think of a building inspector, in particular, I think of someone who has the power to shut me down if my building is not up to code. Who wants that? It sounds so negative.
Here’s the thing - Our lives change over the years. Our priorities change. Our relationships change. Our careers change.
Here’s what hasn’t changed - Jesus’ commands for how we should live our lives. The application to our lives changes as our lives change. That’s why it’s important to be in God’s Word every single day. We don’t just “come to Jesus.” We also “hear his words.” The important meaning there is that we are actively listening to what he says. Not just hearing like noise in the background. It’s daily foreground listening and thinking…
… and comparing my life to the commandments of Jesus. I ask myself, “How am I doing?” “What could I be doing better?” We literally check the wiring of our lives against the codes of Jesus’ architectural drawings and ask if we are still running our lives according to His plan.
- B. ______________ everything else in my life.
“… and puts them into practice…” Luke 6:47c NIV
Whenever we begin to notice that there is something out of whack in our lives, we go back to The Architect “come to me.” We challenge ourselves to really examine His plans “and hears my words.” And then we do something about it “and puts them into practice.” What does it mean to put this into practice? This is another way of saying there are times when we have to remodel something in our lives.
How do we practice? We identify one area in our lives that is not working the way it should. Am I impatient? Am I unkind? Am I not generous? Then I begin to practice doing things that change my choices, actions, habits toward doing it right.
2 things about remodeling with Jesus.
#1 - one thing at a time. Like a remodel at home, just one room.
#2 - always remodeling. Never done. Jesus always has way to make our lives better.