Living Christianity…With Pastor Charlie M. Ayuno
Dr. Luke recorded one of the most graphic teachings of Jesus about the importance of matching our professions with our practices. Most men today enjoy calling Him Lord but their lifestyles proclaim the contrary. They want the length, the breadth and the height of Christianity but they abhor the depth. Jesus said, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, WHO DUG DOWN DEEP and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built (Luke 6:46-48).
Many despised depth because: (1) Depth demands a tremendous amount of hard work and it is painful. So they opted for the easy way and built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete (v. 49). These are individuals who maximize God’s Name to their whims and caprices but don’t want to live under His Lordship. When the going gets tough, they do not possess the stature to take on those challenges. They waiver and can be easily intimidated or influenced by outward circumstances and collapse under the strain of stressful tasks or stirred up easily by the devil or the world. They desire a relationship but not the depth of the commitment. They think God’s ROCK (Jesus) is boring but they are mesmerized by Satan’s quicksand. (2) Depth calls for consistency. Depth should be consistent with the foundation and the size of the house. Spiritual consistency IS NOT knowing verses from the Bible alone. IT’S NOT possessing the talents and skills alone. IT’S NOT EVEN achievements or success because men can be giants in achievements but still inwardly dwarf and shallow! Authentic consistency in discipleship is daily practice of biblical knowledge and translating our giftedness into action. It means people can count on our pronouncements, our relationships with people are genuine and deep, our hearts are pure and considerate towards others, and our mindsets are holy and our intentions undefiled. It’s also indispensable that we do not whitewash our sins but rather let the blood of Jesus wash us white. Consistency is the discipline of knowing that we are saved by God’s grace and use it as motivation to press on but not a license to commit more sins.
We live in this age of mind boggling technology and media magic where shallow or wrong people can be “hyped” into global fame like a viral phenomenon. But in the midst of this —-THERE’S STILL NO SUBSTITUTE for inward depth. What we should always remember is the “revealing factor” which is the stormy torrential flood. During the fair weather you will not see the difference between the house that was built on the rock and the one built on the sand. In fact the one standing on the sand will even look attractive and practical. But the storms of life will come. The tidal waves of troubles, temptations and trials will visit without notice. And wind of adversities will blow uninvited. Those who dug down deep will remain, but those who did not will collapse and their destruction will be complete!