Here's the scripture that stuck this week:
Luke 6:46-49 The Message
46-47"Why are you so polite with me, always saying 'Yes, sir,' and 'That's right, sir,' but never doing a thing I tell you? These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on.
48-49"If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last. But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don't work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss."
It almost sounds like Jesus was in the south in this passage. I'm from the mid-west, so my parents didn't make a big deal about saying "Yes sir" or "Yes ma'am". In the south, a lot of parents make it a priority that there children say that. I don't think it's a bad thing, but I do think it's overrated. Living in the south for several years, I've learned that a lot of the kids that are trained in southern polite speech don't act very polite when unsupervised, and, really, that's the whole point, isn't it?
That's what Jesus is trying to get across here. Make sure your talk walks, otherwise is just words. Jesus is asking us to live a life that's more than words.
What's your Word?