Jesus said there are three steps to become a solid life: (1) Come to Jesus, (2) Hear His sayings, and (3) Do them. When you walk out these three steps, you will walk in faith and victory.
Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. Luke 6:47–48 (NKJV)
Jesus said there are three steps to become a solid life: (1) Come to Jesus, (2) Hear His sayings, and (3) Do them. He also said that storms will come. Life has a way of throwing things our direction. All of us will face adversity and hardship. But when we live out these three steps, we will be solid and unshakable, even in the midst of storms.
Storms of Life
Jesus said that storms will come, but some people mistakenly believe that all trials and tribulation can be avoided simply by living inside the will of God and being a good Christian. Perhaps you have thought the same thing, but storms will inevitably come. Jesus Himself said, “In the world you will have tribulation.” John 16:33 (NKJV). But He also said that we can be of good cheer, because He has overcome the world. And Jesus is personally committed to help us overcome every obstacle and trial we will ever face as well.
Becoming a solid life does not mean that storms won’t arise, but it does mean that when they do, we will be able to withstand and overcome every trial we will ever face, because when we come to Jesus, hear His sayings, and do them, He will always lead us to victory (2 Corinthians 2:14).
Let’s take a closer look at each of the three steps.
Step #1 – Come To Jesus
It all begins when we come to Jesus. Everyone is eligible to come to Jesus and begin the process to become a solid life. No one is disqualified or excluded. In fact, Jesus Himself said, “The one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. John 6:37 (NKJV). This means that absolutely everyone is welcome to come to Jesus. He will not turn anyone away. It does not matter what you have done in your past, how guilty you may feel, how big of a sinner you may think you are, if you come to Jesus, He will receive you. He will not turn you away. He loves you.
However, some people think they need to clean up their act before coming to Jesus. Some think they shouldn’t go to church until they get their life straightened out. But that is not an accurate way of thinking. That would be like saying you need to get in shape before going to the gym. In order to begin the process of becoming a solid life, you must first come to Jesus, whether you feel ready or not! If you wait until you think you have your act together, you will never find yourself qualified enough. The only way to become a solid life is to come to Jesus in the first place. We all need Jesus and we all need to go to church, because none of us have our act together without Him. And He will not turn anyone away. He will receive you.
So come to Jesus! And it begins with committing your life to Him and making Jesus the Lord of your life. But once you have made Jesus the Lord of your life, your journey to become solid doesn’t end there, it actually begins there. This means that coming to Jesus is not a one-time event merely for salvation, but a way of living. We must continually come to Jesus on a regular and on-going basis for wisdom, instruction and direction in life.
It’s time to move on from the starting point of salvation and receive all that God has in store for us. Hebrews 6:9 says, “But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation.” (NKJV). In other words, though salvation is the greatest gift we can ever receive, once we are saved there are added benefits that God wants you and I to receive. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 (NKJV). It’s time to experience life more abundantly. Come to Jesus on a regular basis—every day!
Step #2 – Hear His Sayings
Jesus said repeatedly in John 10 that we have the ability to hear His voice. Though it may be a foreign concept to some, it’s not something spooky or weird. In fact, it’s quite natural. We may not hear Him speak to us audibly, but we all have the ability to discern His voice. Nonetheless, in order to discern His voice, we must get to know His voice.
Think of it this way. There are certain people in your life that when you hear their voice, you immediately know exactly who it is, even without seeing them. At the same time, there are many other people whose voice you wouldn’t recognize, unless you either see them or ask them who they are. But the more you spend time with people, the more you will get to know their voice. That’s the way it is with God’s voice as well. The more you get to know Him on a personal level, the more you will get to know what He sounds like… and the better you’ll be able to immediately discern and recognize His voice when He speaks to you on a personal level.
How do you get to know His voice in the first place? There is only one sure way to get to know and recognize the authentic voice of the Lord: through the written Scriptures (Bible).
2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that the Scriptures—the entire Bible—are inspired by God Himself. Though human beings penned the words on scrolls, 2 Peter 1 tells us that these men were moved by the Holy Spirit. In other words, the inspiration came from God Himself. Therefore these Scriptures (the Bible) are the very words of God, spoken by God Himself.
The Bible is the genuine, authentic, unarguable, bonafide voice of God!
When you read the Bible you are getting to know His voice. You are getting to know what He sounds like. You are getting to know His character and His behavior. You are getting to know His promises. You are getting to know God Himself. And when you become familiar with His voice from the Bible, you will be able to accurately discern His voice when He speaks to you personally … and when He answers your prayers … when He gives you wisdom, instruction, and direction.
God wants to speak to you in a very real and personal way, and He wants you to hear His voice!
Step #3 – Do the Word
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22 (NKJV).
Once you come to Jesus and hear what He’s saying, it’s time to be moved to action. We need to be doers of the word, and not settle for hearing only. In fact, merely hearing God’s word is not what produces results. Being a doer of the word is what produces results. Once you come to Jesus and hear what He’s saying, it’s time to step out and be a doer of the word. The blessing is in the doing!
Verse 25 does on to say, “But the man who looks intently into the perfect law… and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:25 (NIV84). The blessing comes when we become doers of the word, not when we merely hear the word. Joshua 1:8 confirms this principle when God instructed Joshua to do according to the word of God, which requires action and obedience. God said, “Then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (NKJV). Prosperity and good success will come after being a doer of God’s word. This is why it is so important to not only read the Bible and go to church to hear life-changing messages, but to put into practice what the Bible says and what we hear from God. Otherwise we will never see the results intended by the Lord, no matter how many sermons we have heard. Don’t be deceived. It’s the doers of the word who see supernatural results.
Living the 3 Steps
Each of the three steps are crucial and important to becoming a solid life. Each step progresses one upon the other. We must walk out all three: (1) Come to Jesus, (2) Hear His sayings, and (3) Do them. All three are important, and you can’t leave one out. If you don’t come to Jesus, you won’t hear what He is saying. And if you don’t hear what He is saying, you won’t be able to do what He says. And if you don’t do what He says, you won’t become a solid life. But if you come to Jesus and hear what He’s saying and do it, you are well on your way to living a solid, unshakable life that can withstand any storm or trial that may come your way. In fact, you may be in a storm right now. If so, take time out of your day as soon as possible to come to Jesus and hear what He has to say.
Walking out the three steps to a solid life must not be a one-time event or even on occasion, but it must become a lifestyle.Whenever you are in the midst of a storm: come to Jesus, hear His sayings, and do them. Whenever you are faced with an important decision: come to Jesus, hear His sayings, and do them. Whenever you are looking for answers, direction or wisdom: come to Jesus, hear His sayings, and do them. Even when you feel like everything is going just right: come to Jesus, hear His sayings, and do them. In every area of life: come to Jesus, hear His sayings, and do them. These three steps are the key to living life more abundantly, and living in victory.
If you desire to live a solid, abundantly fruitful life, you must walk out these three steps on a regular and ongoing basis. It must become a lifestyle. And when that happens, you are well on our way to becoming a solid life. Make a commitment today to regularly come to Jesus, hear His sayings, and do them. Take time on a regular basis to read the Bible. Attend a good, Bible believing church. Be a doer of God’s word. And when you do… “This one will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:25 (NKJV). Amen.
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