Wise or Foolish?
Wisdom is putting our knowledge into practice.
A big stack of books.
"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 ... 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." (Matthew 7:24, 26).
I am sure that most of you use books like these in your schoolwork. Let us imagine that you could read all of these books and remember everything in them. You would really have a lot of knowledge, wouldn't you? You would have a lot of knowledge, but you wouldn't necessarily be wise. Do you know the difference between knowledge and wisdom? If we have knowledge, it means we have it up here in our head. If we have wisdom, it means we know how to put all of that knowledge into practice in our daily life.
Some people know a lot about Jesus and they put his teachings into practice in their daily life. Jesus said that those people are very wise. He said they are like a wise man who builds his house on the rock. The storm comes, the rain falls, and the wind blows, but their house stands firm because it is built upon the rock.
There are other people who also know a lot about Jesus and his teachings, but they do not put them into practice in their life. Jesus said they are very foolish. He said they are like a foolish man who builds his house upon the sand. The storm comes, the rain falls, and the wind blows and the their house falls flat.
I am sure all of you know the story that Jesus told about the wise and foolish men building their houses, don't you? In fact, you probably even know a song about it, don't you? (Sing) "The wise man built his house upon the rock, the wise man built his house upon the rock..."
That's great, you know what Jesus said to do. You even know a song about it. Now that you have the knowledge, you would be wise to put it into practice in your daily lives!
Jesus, we want to know what you taught, but more importantly, we want to have the wisdom to take what you taught and put it into practice. Amen.