What Did Jesus Say about Commitment (15 of 15) by Rick White

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What Did Jesus Say about Commitment (15 of 15)
WWJD: The Series
Rick White
Matthew 7:24-29

(Mat 7:24-29 NIV) "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. {25} The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. {26} But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. {27} The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." {28} When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, {29} because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

(Previous sermon preached entitled, THE SIMPLE SECRET OF AN UNSINKABLE LIFE, Matthew 7:24-27, from July 19, 1992)

Illustration: The rabbit that would not die. One day Ed notices his dog romping through the yard with a lifeless dead rabbit clutched in his teeth. Realizing this to be the favorite pet rabbit of his next door neighbor he sprang into action. After washing the dirt and blood from the rabbits fur he pulls out his blow dryer and fluffs up the fur. After nightfall he climbs over the fence and under the cover of darkness places the rabbit back in its hutch. The next morning in shock and dismay the neighbor comes over to warn Ed to be on the lookout for the sick person in the neighborhood who has committed this deed. It seems that the rabbit had died a week earlier and had indeed been buried by the owner.

Introduction: Stories have a way of staying with us, don't they? It has been my experience through the years that most of us do not retain information, facts, and data but we do remember the stories that enter our imaginations. There are at least three reasons for this:

1. Because of the people and personalities that give a st ...


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