Did you ever notice how we sometimes say “AMEN” to indicate our agreement with something someone says? For example, the Pastor during a sermon may say something that really strikes our heart and we agree with either an audible or silent AMEN!! By that we mean, “Yes”, “I agree”, “Let it be so.” But when service is over, we go home and forget all about it.
We just finished five weeks of Keswick summer conferences. We had wonderful speakers, challenging messages; children prayed to receive Christ, teen and adult life commitments and many, many AMENs over the weeks. But on Fridays everyone went home with hearts and heads full of their week’s experience. What difference will their time at Keswick make over the coming months and years?
I want to challenge us to start living the AMEN. What I mean by that is that we give more than lip service to the truths that we hear. It’s easy to agree, but how are we allowing those truths to change us, to make a difference, to draw us into greater obedience?
It’s easy to fall into habits that become less and less meaningful over time. Let our AMEN be more that a habit or an emotional response to truth. Let our AMEN be a true, enthusiastic agreement and embrace of the truth of God. When God’s Spirit prompts our spirit with a revelation of truth, let’s not allow it to be a momentary experience of agreement, but rather a life-changing experience of obedience.
My question to you today is, are you living the AMEN?
Diane Hunt is a Biblical Counselor, Women’s conference and retreat speaker and author. She serves as the Director of Partner Care and Director of Women’s Ministries at America’s Keswick. She and her husband John have two married children and four grandchildren. She loves reveling in warm sunny climates and playing with her grandchildren.