July 15, 2022 – Luke 6:47 – Head, Heart, Hand

We are continuing to look at some of your favorite Bible verses that you’ve sent to me.  If you have a favorite verse or a verse you’ve wondered about, email or send me a message! 

Today we are looking at Luke 6:47.  But, as is our practice,let’s look at the greater section this is part of.  If you’ve learned anything in time, I hope it’s to read every verse in the context it’s in: 

46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you? 47 I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. 48 That one is like a man building a house who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built. 49 But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, it quickly collapsed, and great was the ruin of that house.”

Jesus today is talking about what it means to “know” Jesus.  We, in our world, have made our faith an intellectual, or even an emotional experience.  That is not the life that Jesus calls us to.  Jesus calls us not just to the head, or to the heart, but he calls us to the hands.  

We think, well, I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. I can confess and I believe the Creeds. I affirm the truth of the Bible.  So, I’m a Christian, right?  Or we say, I have felt the Holy Spirit.  I have had moments where I’ve experienced God’s Spirit. I’ve had the hairs on the back of my neck raised. So, I’m a Christian, right?  

Well, what Jesus is telling us today is this.  If you have head knowledge, and you have heart experience, you will then have hand obedience.  They will flow together. That is what it means to call Jesus Lord.  Jesus’ Lordship is not just intellectual or emotional, it is bound up in obedience to Him.  If we know Jesus, if we love Jesus, we will serve Jesus. It simply must happen.  

So, then we work backwards.  If I am not serving Jesus, do I really know Jesus?  So we see the faith is not merely the domain of the head or the heart, but it it is the hands.  That is what it means to really know Jesus.  

And when we did that, we truly have that firm foundation.  Today, let’s have head knowledge, heart experience, and hand obedience.  That’s the firm foundation.  

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