Read: Matthew 7:24-29
When we were children, we would have had toys like cars or trucks or planes assembled from individual pieces. We needed to see the instructions, and follow them to assemble them in the way they were supposed to be assembled. If we skip some steps in the instructions, we may miss an important step like putting the pilot in the cockpit.
It is easy to think that we have no need for instructions for our lives, only to later realise that we have messed things up. Jesus advised that following His instructions is the way for wise people to build a safe, solid, and significant life (Matt. 7:24-29). He had just told the listening crowd to turn the other cheek, to go the extra mile, to forgive enemies, and to sell treasures so that they could give to the poor (Matt. 5:39-44). But just getting the instructions isn’t enough. The key is to follow or practise them. Jesus said, “Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matt. 7:24).
Those who don’t follow the instructions are, as Jesus put it, “foolish” (Matt. 7:26). To the world, forgiving your enemies and giving to the poor may seem like a silly way to build a life, but, it is the wise way, as taught by Jesus. To build a rock-solid life, follow Jesus’ instructions. You won’t go wrong.