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Lord and Saviour DAY 35

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Matthew 7:24-27

Friends, we have survived level 5 of lockdown! Well done for not giving up or letting go. As this is my last devotion for this lockdown time, I want to share one last thought that has helped me through all the storms I had to face in my life. This truth I am about to share radically changed my life in 2008.

At that point in time I was already in ministry and serving the Lord since 1994. But something was missing. Every now and then when tough times came and the torrents hit my little house, it collapsed. I was in one of my lowest lows and it felt as if everything underneath me gave way. Perhaps that is what the Covid19 crisis has done to you as well. Here is the thing: Storms will come and storms reveal our real foundations. It exposes how we have built before the storm hits.

The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house.

In the parable of the two builders Jesus is exposing one of the deepest (unknown) secrets of the Christian life. As in my case, I have come across many professing Christians who’s houses fall with great crashes every now and then. They have built on the wrong foundation and don’t even know it. As a kid I always understood this passage in this way: the wise builder built on Jesus the Rock and survived the storm. The foolish builder built on something totally different than Jesus and his house crashed. Not true. Read the Scripture carefully. Both came to the same sermon so to speak, heard the same words. It is not as if the foolish guy was somewhere totally different, squandering his life and just doing his own thing. No he was in the same Sunday service, the same small group and read the same devotions. But here is the difference – he did not put it into practice. In other words, he did not obey the words of Jesus. And this is the truth that changed me in 2008: understanding the power of obedience to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Many people truly get born-again and meet Jesus as their Saviour, but Acts 2:36 says that God made him both Lord and Saviour (Messiah). Saviour means the one who saves us from sin and redeems us. Lord means master, ruler, king. Jesus needs to be both in our lives. It is an all or nothing deal. And before you think it is a ‘curse’ to be under a Master – know this: it is the safest place to live, because this Master is a good one, a gracious, loving King who knows what is best for us. Obeying Him is the most freeing act ever!

I pray that your foundations will be built on the Jesus our Rock and that you will be able to withstand the storm that may still be lying ahead. I pray His blessing and protection over you as you put your trust in Him in these uncertain times. I pray that you may completely surrender to the Lordship of Jesus, not following your own will anymore, but obeying Him wholeheartedly.

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