“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” (Matthew 7:24)
These words of mine. Here the Lord refers specifically to His… Sermon… on…
On a scale of 1 to 10—ten being the most difficult—where would we put acting on the words of the Sermon on the Mount?
Right. Maybe about 70?
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Ten points right there.
Stop judging. Remove the wooden beam from your own eye. Another ten.
Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear… Do not worry about tomorrow. Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth; store up treasure in heaven. Ten more points. Now we’re up to thirty, and we have hardly gotten started.
If your right eye causes you to lust after your neighbor, then pluck it out and throw it away. Plucking out your own lustful eye is definitely ten difficulty points.
Fast in secret; pray in secret; give alms in secret. That’s another thirty points.
Forgive others their transgressions. At least ten.
Love your enemies. Pray for your persecutors. Settle with your opponent on your way to the judge. Twenty-five right there.
Give to the one who asks of you. Offer no resistance to evil. When someone strikes your right cheek, offer him your other cheek as well. We have reached the point where we will need to use calculus.
Your light must shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father, Who blesses the poor in spirit, the mournful and meek, the merciful, the pure-hearted peacemakers, and all those who suffer persecution because they hunger and thirst for God’s holiness.
Sweet saints above! Pray for us that we might build our houses on this particular rock! We cannot manage a task that requires a 105105 level of difficulty, on a scale of 1 to 10. But with the grace of God we can do anything!