150503 Matthew 7:24-27

Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 Written by Pastor Schmidt

Sermon Text: Matthew 7:24-27

Sermon Theme: Are You Going to be Wise or Foolish?

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.

Do you think you are a wise class? While I don't know the grade point average for those of you who don't attend our St. Matthew's school, Mr. Ziel did share with me that for the 13 of you who attend our school the grade point average is 3.510. So I would say, that as a group, you are pretty wise. Let's put that to the test this afternoon. Let's try a math problem. There are 17 of you in this year's class. So, what is 172? 17 x 17 = 289. Maybe you don't like math. How about a history question? What happened on this date, May 3, in the year 1765? The first medical college opened in America in the city of Philadelphia. To know how to do math, to know events that happened in our country's history, is important for us. But today we are not talking about the knowledge we can get out of a math book or a history book. Rather, we are talking about the knowledge that comes from THE Book, the Bible. Today, as you celebrate your Confirmation Day, the question for you to answer for yourself is this: Are You Going to be Wise or Foolish?

The Gospel Lesson for our Worship Service today comes at the end of Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount". The Master Teacher had spent a great deal of time teaching the crowd that had come to hear him speak. At the end of his "sermon", he encourages the crowd to consider if they are going to be wise or foolish. The point of the parable that Jesus uses is pretty straight forward: a foolish person is one who will ignore Jesus and his Word; and a wise person is the one who will have a close relationship with Jesus and stand on his Word.

So, are you going to be wise or foolish? First, I ask that question of you parents and adults who are here this afternoon. Are you going to be foolish, and think that your child's education in God's Word is coming to an end because we are celebrating their Confirmation today? Or, will you be wise and continue to be in God's Word on a regular basis as a family? As we read in Ephesians chapter 6, "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord."

Now I ask you, the members of this year's class: Are you going to be wise or foolish? Are you going to be foolish, thinking your time in God's Word is completed; that you don't have to spend any more time in God's Word? Or, are you going to be wise, knowing that it is in the Word of God that your Savior-God speaks to you. As we read in Psalm 119: "Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path."

This brings to mind another thought. Are you going to wise or foolish? Are you going to be foolish and follow along with the sinful crowd that would want you to do things that you know go against God's Word? Or, will you be wise and walk away from the temptations to sin against your Savior? As you face the temptation that most certainly will come your way in the years ahead, remember the promise that the Lord makes to you in his Word in Paul's First letter to the Corinthians, chapter 10: "So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."

When you do give in to temptation and fall into sin, are you going to be wise or foolish? Are you going to be foolish, thinking that there is something you have to do to make up for that sin; that somehow you have to try and earn your forgiveness for that sin? Or will you be wise, and with a repentant heart remember the Good News of Ephesians chapter 2? "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

It is God the Holy Spirit, through the powerful Word of God, who gives you and me the strength to live for our Savior-God; to say "No!" to temptation and sin. Are you going to wise or foolish in your hearing of God's Word on a regular basis? Are you going to be foolish, thinking you don't have to come to worship here in God's House any more now that you are confirmed and you don't have to hand in a Worship Summary sheet? Or, are you going to wise and remember the encouragement from Hebrews chapter 10, "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
One of the great blessings that you will enjoy as a confirmed member of St. Matthew's is that you are able to receive the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. Are you going to be wise or foolish in your attendance at Communion? Are you going to be foolish, and come to the Lord's Table only once or twice a year; or not come at all? Or, will you be wise and listen to what God's Word tells us about coming to the Lord's Supper on a regular basis in 1 Corinthians chapter 11? "For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes."

Finally, when the storms of this life come, when you face troubles or difficulties, are you going to be wise or foolish? Are you going to be foolish, thinking that you have to face those troubles on your own? Or, are you going to be wise and remember the words of our loving Savior-God who says in Psalm 50, "Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me."

Are you going to be wise or foolish? Maybe not all of you will be straight A students in the classroom. But, it is certainly the prayer of each and every one of us here this afternoon that all of you remain wise. Stay close to your loving Savior. Be in his Word on a regular basis. Join your fellow believers in worship. Celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper often. Be assured that your Rock, the Lord Jesus Christ, is with you each and every day. Our encouragement for each one of you is the encouragement that the Apostle Paul gave to Timothy in 2 Timothy chapter 3, "But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus." Amen.

 

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