THEME: Wisdom is putting our knowledge into practice.
OBJECT: A stack of books.
SCRIPTURE: "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
School will be out in just a few days and most of you probably don't plan to spend
a lot of time reading and studying during your summer vacation. I remember
how it was when I was in school. On the last day of school you would often
hear children saying, "No more school, no more books, no more teacher's dirty looks!"
Well, even during the summer it is important to continue to learn, isn't it?
The Bible teaches us that we should be filled with knowledge and wisdom. Do you
know the difference between knowledge and wisdom? I brought a big stack of books
from the library this morning. Let us imagine that you could read all of these
books this summer and remember everything you read. You would really have a
lot of knowledge, but you wouldn't necessarily be wise. Knowledge means we have
it up here in our head -- wisdom means we know what to do with it! Some people
have a lot of knowledge, but not much wisdom.
Some people know a lot about Jesus and what he taught, 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. When the storms
come, their house stands firm. Then, there are some people who 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. When the storms come, their house goes "splat."
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, I am sure that 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
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.