“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” – Matthew 7:24 (CSB)
As a summary to his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus illustrates the difference between those who merely hear his teaching and those who actually put it into practice. The assumption is that followers of Jesus who have rightly understood his words will integrate them into their lives. It is important to note the order. We are to hear and then do. This is a principle seen throughout Scripture. We listen to the Word of God and respond accordingly.
In response to those who are all talk and no action, it is sometimes said that what you do is more important than what you know. That’s not entirely accurate. Spiritual maturity is more than just hearing – but it’s never less than that. Our actions must be driven based on what we have heard in the Word of God. Otherwise we risk doing the right thing for the wrong reasons. And if there is anything we learned from Jesus in his sermon, it’s that the inside matters just as much as the outside. To be his follower means that we are completely and totally transformed from the inside out.