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Luke 6 v 46. “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?”


There are many people who say “Lord, Lord”. That is a reference by Jesus to a false and superficial discipleship. True discipleship depends on a deep and true commitment of one’s life to Him. This is likened to a house with foundations.


The only way to save a house against a storm is to lay its foundations down deep upon firm ground. Recently, a wall on my property began to sag. The builder repairing it showed me the inadequate foundations which had been laid when the wall was built. The interesting thing was that this wall had stood for 23 years. But finally its bad foundations caught up with it.


So too in the spiritual life. The person who claims to be a Christian but has no foundations will be found out when the storm strikes. Spiritual storms often come in the form of unexpected life circumstances, temptations and moral failure, a reversal of fortune, sickness and unexpected developments. And, of course, very often in the form of wrong teaching.


For a person who has no foundations, these things, which Jesus calls “the torrent” will destroy whatever “faith” they claimed because it was not real in the first place.


All of us should strive to make our foundations deep. By” foundations” Jesus obviously meant first and foremost a true understanding of who He is and what He came to do. This must be accompanied by a true, sincere, life-changing commitment to Him, to be His follower, His disciple, His representative on earth.


Today is not a day when we can afford to be ignorant. Other agents are out there spewing fake gospels. Furthermore life itself is so unpredictable. To use the words of Job 7 v 1: “Does not man have hard service on earth?” Life can be hard thus we need real foundations to be true to Christ.