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, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.’

What is it that Jesus has told me to do?

Jesus has told me to live honestly and authentically, to withhold judgement of others, and to be a plant that bears nourishing sweet fruit by which people will be nourished and sustained.

In order to be a life-giving plant, I must do what the man in the parable did. I must dig “deeply” and “lay the foundation on rock.”

Most of all, Jesus has told me to listen. I am to pay attention to the deep truth that dwells in the heart of my being. I will only bear the fruit for which I was created when I heed the word of love and follow faithfully where that word may lead.

This is all heart work.

Heart work means penetrating beneath the surface, digging down into my soul and getting in touch with that deep consciousness that is my true nature as a being created in the image of God. It means clearing space to hear the voice of truth. It means being honest with myself, acknowledging the compromise and pettiness of my own little ego projects and letting them go in order to hear the deeper voice that seeks to guide me into fruitful growth.

When I have done true heart work, I will find within myself a steadiness, strength, and peace that has the capacity to withstand the onslaught of any force by which I may ever be assailed. The storms will not stop; but my house will be well built on a foundation of rock.