Luke 6:46-49 :
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things which I say? Everyone who comes to me, and hears my words, and does them, I will show you who he is like. He is like a man building a house, who dug and went deep, and laid a foundation on the rock. When a flood arose, the stream broke against that house, and could not shake it, because it was founded on the rock. But he who hears, and doesn’t do, is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream broke, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”
Jesus gives us a firm warning here. Just because people call Him “Lord,” doesn’t mean that they are saved. Jesus tells us that we will be judged by our actions just like the a house’s structure is proved when it is tested by a storm. What we do under pressure, when we are required to make real choices in life, reveals what we actually believe.
The house analogy is a great one because houses can look very fancy or can be very plain, but the purpose of a house is to protect those who live in it. If a house fails to do that, it isn’t worth anything in the end. As Christians we may not look as great on the outside as some of those who are faking Christianity, but in the end we will survive because we really believe in God. We don’t just pretend to believe. Have you ever noticed how many high-profile “Christians” end up going away from God? When they do this, it shows that they are able to create a beautiful house on sand. They don’t really believe what they say, but they really know how to say great things.
Jesus is warning us about the reality of Hell and that people who don’t really believe that He is Lord will end up going there. He says this by illustration in that the house without a foundation “fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” Everyone has a worldview, but the storms of life prove what that worldview actually is by forcing us to live out what we believe.