September 2019

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you?” - Luke 6:46

There was once a little town of Ducks. Every Sunday the ducks would waddle out of their houses and waddle down Main Street to their church. They waddled into the sanctuary and sat in their proper pews. The duck choir would waddle in and take it place, then the duck minister came forward and opened the duck Bible (Ducks, like all other creatures on earth, seem to have their own special version of the Scriptures.) He read to them: “Ducks! God has given you wings! With wings you can fly! With wings you can mount up and soar like eagles. No walls can confine you! No fences can hold you! You have wings. God has given you wings and you can fly like birds!” 

All the ducks shouted “Amen!” And then they all waddled home.

This short parable by Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard was designed to show the folly of not putting faith into action.
Many years earlier Jesus told a parable on a similar theme:

I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.
(Luke 6: 47-49)

In Jesus’ story the persons faith is likened to the foundations of a house - in other words the building block upon which everything else is based. Our faith is not intended to be a separate entity that exists in isolation to the rest of life, but rather it is meant to permeate every area of life , to be the lens through which we view the world and the driving force behind our actions.

So, in the words of James 1:22, let us ‘be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.’

God bless,
Dave Bartram