Luke 6:43-49 NRSVue

43“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; 44for each tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a bramble bush. 45The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil, for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.

46“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you? 47I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. 48That 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. 49But 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, it quickly collapsed, and great was the ruin of that house.”

Some thoughts on this scripture

Even the strongest building needs care and repair. I think of the image that Jesus presents and let it speak to me. I work with God to make a worthy dwelling, a refuge, a place from which to set forth.

The foundations of a building are often its least recognised feature, usually hidden and seemingly insignificant. My ‘faith foundations’ may not be known to many but are cherished by God to whom I bring them now in prayer, that they may be blessed and strengthened.