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Just Do It!
Grace to you and peace from God our Father...
And our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ....
For all of you taking notes on the sermon, the title of the sermon
today is "Just Do It." The text is Matthew 7:21-28.
After eleven dialogue sermons, we are at the
close of the Sermon on the Mount. Today, we are at the very
end of Matthew five, six and seven, where Jesus has just
finished his many teachings about the anger and revenge, love
and marriage, prayer and fasting, and not judging. Jesus has
just laid out his spiritual guidelines for the Christian
the very end of these teachings, Jesus tells a parable. After all
these teachings, Jesus concludes his teachings with a story. A
parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. A parable is a
down to earth story but has a profound spiritual truth. Jesus was a
carpenter by trade and this story is about building houses.
the carpenter, said:
“The person who hears these words and teachings of mine and
does them, puts them into practice, is like a wise man who builds
his house upon the rock. And
so when the rains fall and flood come and minds blow and beat
against that house, it will not fall.
Why? Because its
foundation is on the rock.
other words, the solid rock foundation for life is doing the
teachings of Jesus. It is putting into practice the wisdom of Jesus.
the other hand, the person who hears these words and teachings of
mine and does not do them is like the foolish man who builds his
house upon the sand. And
so when the rains fall and floods come and winds blow and beat on
that house, it will fall. Why? Because its
foundation is on the sand.”
word, foolish, comes from the Greek word, “moros” from which we
get our English word, “moron.” It is a moron who builds his
house on the sand. It is a moron who only hears the teachings of
Jesus but does not do them.
did not explain the meaning of the parable, but the people
understood it. The people understood that our lives are like houses.
If we build our lives upon a good foundation, when
the storms of life come, our lives will survive and remain intact.
did not say “if”
the storms of life come; not
“if” but when the storms of life come, your house will be able
to stand, if it is built on a good foundation. A good foundation is
doing the teachings of Jesus and putting Jesus’ teachings into
practice in our daily lives. That is the foundation.
on the other hand, we build our life on a poor foundation, when the
storms of life inevitably come, our life will be washed away in the
Because the foundation is worthless. We all intuitively know
the need for good foundations for anything to last.
what is the good foundation according to this story? It is those who hear and do the
teachings of Jesus, those who hear and put into practice the
spiritual and moral values that Jesus has been describing.
I like the phrase from Nike where they say, "Just Do It."
Of what benefit is all the greatest teaching in the world if
you don't act upon it? For
example, suppose you aren't feeling well so you go to see your
doctor. Your doctor
figures out what ailing you and then writes you a prescription and
tells you what to do to get well and you don't do it.
Does that make any sense?
Let’s suppose you have been having some medical problems and go to
the doctor and he or she diagnoses your illness as cancer and
suggests that you need a combination of chemotherapy and radiation
and that your kind of cancer is often responsive to this medical
combination, that you may in all likelihood prolong your life by
taking both chemo and radiation.
Your oncologist is one of the most respected oncologists in
Seattle. But what if
you hear your respected oncologist but don’t do what he or she
tells you? Or do only
part of what you are told to do?
The chemo but not the radiation? The radiation but not the
chemo? Is that
smart? Is that wise?
Let’s say that you are having lower back problems and you visit a
physical therapist who has had much success in treating similar back
problems. Let’s say
that your physical therapist gives you a series of six exercises
that will take twenty minutes every day.
The therapist suggests that if you put these exercises into
daily practice, your back will be much improved.
But what if you hear these instructions but don’t do them?
That you hear these instructions, but only do half of them,
half of the time? Is
No. Let’s say ;that you are going to build a house on the steep
hillsides of West Seattle where the land moves often with heavy
rains. You visit a soils engineer/architect who has successfully
built many homes on the steep-banked high hills of West Seattle, and
this engineer and architect tells you the many things that have to
be done in order for your house to remain standing there in West
Seattle. But what if you hear these instructions and you do only half
of them, or a portion of them. You implement some of the designs
but not the whole? Is that wise?
No! Or suppose your car
is on the fritz so you take it to your mechanic.
Your mechanic tells you exactly what you need to do to solve
the problem. You need new spark plugs, new spark plug wires and a
tune up. But you don't do it. You just put in spark plug wires. And
you continue to wonder why your car is running so poorly.
Does that make any sense?
No. What good is a map if you don't read it?
What good is a compass if you don't follow it?
possible to have people who are regular in worship, who know the
Bible, and who speak all the right words but do not do what Jesus
tells us to do. It just
doesn't make any sense.
Knowledge must be put into action; theory must be put into practice.
we are to be followers of Jesus, we must hear
Greek word for “doing” occurs eleven times in this chapter,
Matthew 7. Yes, eleven times. Write that down kids. The word,
“doing,” occurs eleven times in Matthew 7. Jesus is inviting us to
do his teachings, to put his teachings into practice. Listen
to us pastors as we read Jesus’ teachings from Matthew 7 and we
will emphasize the word, “do.”
Golden Rule. Do
to others as you would have them do
to you; for this is the law and the prophets.
7:21. Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the
kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
On that day many will say to me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy
in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do
many deeds of power in your name?”
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does
them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do
them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
Matthew 7, Jesus teaches us to bear good fruit and the Greek word
for “bearing” good fruit is the same Greek word for “doing
in the book of Matthew, Jesus describes his true family. Who are
Jesus’ true family? Who are Jesus’ true mother? His true
brothers? His true sisters? Who are his true family? Jesus said:
mother, brothers and sisters are those who do the will of God. My true family are those who do
what I teach.”
these Bible verses the verb, “do,” is in the present tense. This
implies continuous or repeated actions. This implies keep on doing,
keep on bearing fruit, keep on acting. The Greek word suggests
continuous action. The
Greek word suggests that the "doing" is a way of life
rather than an isolated deed.
We need to back up for a moment here.
We know that we can't do it perfectly.
We can't follow all of Jesus' teachings perfectly. Jesus knows that nobody is perfect. We are all flawed. The power of sin is still very strong in
our lives. And we are
still saved by grace as a gift and this is not to imply that we
somehow earn our salvation by obedience.
That is just not the way it is.
Nevertheless, Jesus still concludes the Sermon on the Mount
by saying do it! Whoever
hears my words and does them are my disciples.
What Jesus is saying here is that we need a good foundation, and the
good foundation is doing the teachings of Jesus.
You can't cheat on the foundation.
You can cheat on the paint, the windows, the carpeting, but
you can't cheat on the foundation.
If you want a building fifty stories high you have to have a
good foundation. If you
want a marriage to last fifty years, you have to have a good
I remember the house I grew up in the north end of Seattle.
It was an older home but one summer my dad discovered
termites in the wood just above the foundation.
They had already done significant damage to the wood framing
in the house. We had to tear all the stucco off the side of the house and
rebuild all the wood framing near the foundation. We wondered why the termites got into the wood in the first
place and what we discovered was the foundation was not done
properly. It was not
high enough above the ground level and the termites could get from
the ground to the wood easily.
The point is, much of the house was destroyed because the
builder had cheated on the foundation.
You just have to have a good foundation.
There's no other way.
Let's think about foundations for a minute.
Foundations are made out of concrete, right? But concrete by itself has very little strength.
What do we need to make the concrete strong?
steel! When the landscapers did our driveway at home --
just before they were ready to pour the concrete I noticed there
wasn't any reinforcing steel .
I asked and he told me that they never put steel in a
residential driveway. Well I figured they knew what they were doing.
driveway is now broken in several places. It just wasn't strong enough.
It needed the reinforcing steel to make it strong.
Jesus moral teachings is the reinforcing steel of life.
Doing what Jesus teaches is what gives strength to our
foundation of faith.
Love is fine but it needs strength.
I feel that many people have what's called "sloppy
people talk about love, love, love, love, love, love, love. They
talk about love but don't do it. The Greek word for “love” is
“agape” and so these people do “sloppy agape.”
When we think about good foundations, one area we definitely want a
good foundation is for our children.
Children need a good foundation that is well built and
strong. And it has to
start early in life. You
can't cut corners on your children's foundation.
Early on children need to learn about good ways to handle
their anger, to have a healthy view of sexual morality, to learn
about revenge, being generous, to learn how to pray, and not to
worry so much about material possessions.
And the best way to teach our children so they will have a
solid foundation is by example.
When we as parents, grand parents,
teachers, advisors do
what Jesus taught, our children will follow and their strong
foundation will be well established .
In regard to marriage, I have given this speech a thousand times to
hundreds of couples planning to marry.
You have to have a solid foundation to build your marriage
upon. If not, your marriage will not survive the storms of life.
whole value system needs to have a proper foundation built upon that
which is strong and durable. And
there is no better foundation to be found anywhere than in the
teachings of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Sermon on the Mount.
In doing what
Jesus teaches we find the very strongest of all foundations
A long time ago Jesus took his disciples up on the mountain and
taught them about life. He
taught them everything they needed to know to have a strong, solid,
when Jesus finished saying these things, the
crowd was amazed at the way he taught.
He wasn't like the teachers of the law; instead, Jesus taught
crowds? The crowd s who had been down on the shores of Lake Galilee?
Yes, the crowds finally arrived and heard the teachings of
Jesus. In other words, these teachings are not just for the close
followers of Jesus. These teachings are beneficial for all people.
can read these teachings of Jesus. We can digest them, absorb them,
memorize them. That is the easy part. But doing
these teachings is the hard part. Putting his teachings into
practice is much more difficult. But …
doing them is building a great foundation for life.
the Nike ad said,
Just do it. Amen.