On Sunday, Pastor Christy Johnson continued our Feed The Monster series by exploring the Undisciplined Monster. Often times we talk about the obvious shortcomings in our lives while neglecting the ones that determine the longevity of our lives: the ones beneath the surface.
Have you ever become roommates with someone who you thought you knew fairly well, but when you moved in, you realized you didn’t know them as well as you thought? That’s because you are beginning to see what’s beneath the surface. We all have character flaws that need to be worked on. James 1:22 states, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” In order for us to walk in the destiny God has for us, we have to be disciplined enough to do what it says. What is the point of having faith if we don’t activate it?
Matthew 7:24-29 says, “‘Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.’ When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law.”
If we listen and follow the Word, we will withstand any storm, but if we just listen and don’t follow through with action, storms will easily shake us. It takes discipline to live this way, just as it takes discipline to build a house. The man who built the house on solid rock didn’t just see a rock and build on it. He had to dig and find the rock. He had to go beyond the sand and find the foundation.
Years ago, on Christmas Eve, a family had gone to sleep in their beautiful home, which seemed to be built on a solid foundation, but woke up to the startling feeling of their home crashing into a sink hole beneath them. Thankfully, the family survived, but the point is that things may seem beautiful and withstanding on the outside but can be crumbling underneath. God wants to dig out the things in our lives that are shaky. He wants to dig out unforgiveness, offense, flakiness, inconsistency or anything that does not match up with His promises. We are meant to live nothing short of a victorious life!
Our world is trying to make everything as easy as a microwave oven, but if we circumvent the process to the promise, we will not be able to sustain the promise when it is given to us. When we find ourselves with a shovel, asking us to dig deep and find a foundation, we can’t resist it; we need to start digging! God does not give us a shovel to punish us. He gives it to us so that we can become all that He’s called us to be. He gives it to us so the dreams in our hearts can become a reality! Galatians 6:9 says it perfectly, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Allow the digging of God’s Word to create a firm foundation under your feet, so that you will never be shaken. You were meant to be unshakeable, disciplined in His ways!