by Curt Dodd

The Fourth Wise Man
Curt Dodd
Luke 6:46-49

"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete."

Though this passage does not call one of these builders "wise", there is no question about it. Jesus, by His implication, referred to this man as someone who had it together and who was wise. The problem is that many of us look at our life when there is no problem occurring in our life and then view it as "everything is fine! Why do I need to change?"

Unfortunately, when disaster occurs in our lives and that will be a constant possibility for all of us, we find in the midst of that scenario, whether or not all the values, all the actions, all the goals and all the practices that we have previously sewn in our life, have been truly adequate. I find four things that are common of these two builders, these two different men in this parable.

1. They were all builders
They were both builders. So it is true of this congregation. We are all building our life.

2. Both built beautiful homes
There is no question about it. What was on the surface looked identical. Both of them had gone into a home building motif because of, I'm sure, low mortgage rates during that time and there was a rush on the building market and both of them built homes that they felt like were going to last forever.

3. Both heard the teachings of the Master
Both knew how to build homes. That's why they were builders. Both knew how to build homes. It's true all of us today a ...

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