“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:46-49.
In one of Stephen Covey’s books he tells about The Law of the Farm. There are things that have to be done months before you can get a harvest. You cannot cram all those things into the week before you want a crop. There is no cramming in farming.
Jesus also warns us about taking shortcuts on obedience. Too many of us hear His words and then do what WE THINK is most important. We rely on our own abilities, our cleverness, or on good luck. Or even worse, we aren’t even building what He asked for to begin with.
Jesus told us to seek first HIS kingdom, to take up OUR cross, to GO into the world and make disciples. For too many of us, these are not even thought of, so they are not on our schedule.
“For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).