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by Dr. Bill Denton
Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it felland great was its fall. (Matthew 7:24-27, NASV)
I have made an observation. The only people who ever achieve anything are those who act. OK, so you think thats not so profound. Think again. I have a reason for making this statement, so Ill share my thinking with you.
The second group is very different. They often have a great deal to say, like the first group, but the content of what they offer is startlingly different. They dont spend much time criticizing others, complaining about things, or contributing general gripes. When they do speak, they show that theyve put significant thought into things, and have come up with one or more plans of action. Generally speaking, they arent concerned about being considered an expert in anything, but they are concerned about doing something positive and effective. These people put great emphasis on that element so frequently missing from the first group: they are full of action. These are the people who build, create, design, and get things done. They probably make more mistakes than the first group, but only because they are willing to act and not arm chair quarterback everyone else. This kind of person is the one who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming.
Jesus said that the truly wise man was the fellow who heard, then did what he learned. Even Teddy Roosevelt appreciated those who toss their hat into the arena, who gets his face sweaty and bloody through action. If you really want to understand the call of the Christian life, understand that its not the call to be an academic expert or outside consultant. Its a call to learn, then live. Its a call to act. The wise man builds a house on a rock by doing what he learns from Jesus. So lets get into that arena and get things done for the Lord!
Author: Dr. Bill Denton
Publication Date: October 12, 2001
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