The First 15

Monday November 2, 2020

by Sharon Reid

Opening Prayer

Begin this new day by praying this prayer out loud. As you are able, consider kneeling as a physical expression of your commitment to Jesus as Lord of your life and the one you desire to lead you this day. Alternatively, you might consider placing a hand over your heart as you pray this prayer.

God of rescue and restoration, thank You for Your great and beautiful mission in the world. Here I am Lord, fill me with Your Spirit and send me.

Scripture Reading

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. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.
Matthew 7:24-27

Reflection

As Jesus wraps up the Sermon on the Mount he challenges his listeners to do more than just listen. He wants them to truly hear his teachings, practice them, and live their lives by them.

Jesus uses the imagery of a rock, which is often used in the Bible to describe the trustworthiness of God. When we practice and build our lives on the teachings of Jesus, which come directly from God, we can trust God to save us, even in death.

Jesus also uses the imagery of sand, which is often used in the Bible to describe a state of living in the world that is oblivious to the presence of God’s kingdom. When we are lost in this misguided illusion the realities of life overwhelm us.

Do you have a good understanding of the teachings of Jesus? (See Matthew 5-7.)

How do you practice them?

Closing Prayer

When you are finished with your time of reflection, close out this time with this prayer.

Father, help me to live this day to the full,
being true to You in every way.
Jesus, help me to give myself away to others,
being kind to everyone I meet.
Spirit, help me to love the lost,
proclaiming Christ in all I do and say.
Amen.

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