Yesterday, I spoke about foundations and the importance of having the right foundation. What we must understand however is that it is not by power nor by might, but by God’s Spirit.
The parable where 2 different people built houses in Luke 6: 46 – 49. The first person whose foundation stood, came to Jesus, heard His Word and put them into practice. The other person heard the Word but didn’t put it into practice. One came, heard and did. The other heard but didn’t do.
First point, ‘anyone who comes to me…’ The Bible says in John 6: 44 (KJV), ‘No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day’. Being a Christian is not a simple physical declaration. It’s much deeper than the physical, it involves the spiritual. We may think that we just decided to give our lives when we did, but it isn’t so. We were drawn by God’s Spirit. No one can become a Christian except the person is drawn of God unto Jesus.
The thing now is that many people see all the benefits of being a Christian and want to belong without being called by God. They hear but the Words do not take root in their heart. God has to prepare your heart to receive His Word. For God’s Word to have any effect on your life or in your life, the word has to be mixed with faith.
Hebrews 4: 2 (NIV), ‘For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed’. Only those who have heard the Word of God can practice it. If you’re not practicing it, it’s one of two things. One, it’s either you are just outright disobedient. Or two, you have no faith.
If it’s the second, there’s a huge problem. Because the foundation of your Christianity is based on faith. Ephesians 2: 8 (KJV) says, ‘For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God’. We get salvation through faith. So if you can hear the Word of God and not mix it with faith, I wonder!