Go back in time with me to the days when you were a kid.

Remember the song about the wise man built his house upon a rock….? Well, start singing it to yourself as you read this week’s blog….hmmm….

 What kind of words do you live and speak? Are they merely polite words, or are they the kind of words that you can build your life on?

Read Luke 6:43-49 and soak-in what God lays on you: You don’t get wormy apples off a healthy tree, nor good apples off a diseased tree. The health of the apple tells the health of the tree. You must begin with your own life-giving lives. It’s who you are, not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds.

Why are you so polite with me, always saying, ‘Yes, sir,’ and ‘That’s right, sir,’ but never doing a thing I tell you? These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on.

If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last. But if you just use my words in Bible study and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss (Lk 6:43-49, The Message).