This summer, my daughter joined the swim team for the first time. I haven’t been ready to make the commitment before now and less than a month into it I’m already wondering what I was thinking. After the orientation meeting, I was visiting with a friend whose son has been on the team for several years. I told her about the look I got when I asked a question in the meeting and she told me that many of the parents take it “VERY seriously”. I quickly responded and said, “I don’t take anything that seriously except for Jesus!”

I was convicted when I thought more about my statement.  Do I really take Jesus seriously everyday? Do I live every minute dying to self and letting Him guide my thoughts and ways? One of my greatest fears is being a false disciple. Many of us have read and even studied the book of Matthew. We have probably read Matthew 7:21-27 over a dozen times, but recently God opened my eyes and heart to the reality and importance of these verses by reading it in The Message translation.

Matthew 7:21-27 – The Message Translation

“Knowing the correct password—saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance— isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills. I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.’

 “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.

 “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”

His words are “foundational words, words to build a life on.” Let that sink in. I pray we cement these words in our hearts as we live our lives daily for His glory! Let’s take Him seriously!


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