Inside Out Living
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24
If only I had this job, if only I had these kinds of accessories, if only I lived there, if only I had a new boss, if only my wife got a new attitude toward me, if only my kids had respect for me, if only I had that hobby, or even that other guys life, then supernaturally somehow it is going to make me happy. We all know dudes that have the capacity, resolve, and resourcefulness to create a perfectly ordered external life but you still can’t hug them, build their character or give them something that will heal their relationships just by creating order in their external life.
That process never starts from the outside in. We need to get God’s mind on building a life. In Matthew 7:24-29 Jesus is talking about the wise and foolish builders. We want to establish a life that is built not from the outside in but from the inside out and then from there we will look at some of the key internal things we need to get right. Let’s look at what Jesus has to say about this. He says the man who doesn’t build his house correctly is foolish and life will not end up the way he would like (putting it mildly).
Jesus says you can build it my way or your way. It’s all about the foundation. When the peaks and valleys, the tests, of life come upon you if your house is not built on a rock foundation, your house (life) is going to crumble. Those tests are going to be about the internal not external; your attitude, your identity, your world view, your God perspective. These are the things you build your life on and get you through it. Scripture is clear the foundation built on Jesus Christ and Him only.
Thank you Father, this is not rocket science, you have made it very clear.