In this ending passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus makes one thing clear. It’s not enough just to listen to him. That part’s easy. You can nod your head in agreement with his words, you can take comfort in them, you can even memorize them. But unless you put them into practice, build your life on them, it doesn’t matter much. Nothing will have changed. And when the winds of life come bearing down, or the floods start rising up, you’ll find yourself swept away by it all. Or you’ll face a choice between an easy, self-serving decision, and a hard one that demands integrity, and you’ll choose the one that lets you off the hook.