The words of Jesus may be familiar to us: “Anyone who hears My words and practices them is like a man who built his house on rock. Anyone who hears My words but does not practice them is like a man who built his house on sand.”
What we may miss the reality that once Jesus speaks, everything changes. That is, once Jesus speaks, we either do what He says, a radical lifestyle change, or we aren’t ready for the radical climate change His words create.
He says, “Winds blow. Rain falls. Floods rise. Doing what I say puts you in readiness for the radical climate change. Either way, the climate has changed.”
This aspect of a move of God eludes our minds sometimes. We tend to think Jesus arrives to speak and we can either listen or just go back to our lives. Nope. Once He speaks, everything changes. The only way to be prepared for the radical climate shift is to radically alter our lives.
Understanding this principle will help us understand why Ananias and Sapphira dropped dead. In a new spiritual climate, radical spiritual weather patterns emerge, strong winds meet strong contrary winds, cold fronts meet hot air rising, storms forms, floods rise. Not only is the ground saturated but the air is saturated. Winds blow. Rains fall. Floods rise. “They beat upon the house.”
Once Jesus speaks, His words challenge everything! There is no “Well, that was nice. Can we all go back to our normal lives now, please?” Answer: “No!”
Once Jesus speak, everything changes.