Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my heavenly Father. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not speak in your name? Did we not cast out devils and perform many miracles in your name?’ Then I will tell them openly, ‘I have never known you; away from me, you evil people!’
“Therefore, anyone who hears these words of mine, and acts according to them, is like a wise man, who built his house on rock. The rain poured down, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house. But it did not collapse, because it was built on rock. But anyone who hears these words of mine, and does not act accordingly, is like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain poured, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house; it collapsed, and what a terrible collapse that was!”
It is not what we profess but what we do based on what we believe that matters. For words bereft of action are empty words, like sterile seeds that can never germinate and bear fruit. But even though action speaks louder than words, it will still be open to misinterpretation if we do not explain our actions through the spoken words. It is because of this that both have a role to play in having a clear solid faith. But a faith-based action is not easy. It is painstaking labor like putting up the house together brick by brick. It gains solidity only as we do the will of the Father one at a time. Storms will come but every time we hold on, we gain strength in doing what is right until it becomes part of our being.
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