You’ve said these things. I’ve said these things.
Do you still remember Sunday’s sermon? How much thought have you given to the Pastor’s message just this week?
How many messages have we heard? In church? On the radio?
How many pages of notes have we taken at conferences and retreats?
How many fantastic books have we read that powerfully impacted us?
How many insightful quotes have we seen on Facebook?
How many New Year’s-type resolutions have we made?
Here’s the real question. How much have we actually changed?
I think when we hear a great message that impacts us we make a resolution to change. We don’t necessarily have a plan, we just “feel” that we are going to change. Just like most New Year’s resolutions, within a day or week we are right back doing what we were doing before. We fail to be doers of the Word. We fail to take to heart the message to the point of action. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22
Most pastors are not preaching every week to make us feel good (Sadly, I believe there are some). Instead, Bible-preaching pastors are leading the charge for change in our lives.
What needs to happen in our lives that we may be characteristically doers of the Word and not hearers only? How can we listen, hear, and apply God’s Word to the point of action? We listen differently if we have to DO something with what we hear. What if we listen to the next message with such intensity, seeking the answer to this question: “Lord, what do YOU want me to DO with what I am learning today?”
If you are courageous enough to take up this challenge – I would love to hear from you how God moves in your heart and life as you grow in being a doer of the Word.
Diane Hunt served for 16 years on the staff of America’s Keswick until recently when she and her husband relocated to North Carolina. She now continues serving as a contributing writer and Partner Care consultant. Diane is also a Biblical Counselor, speaker, teacher, and author. She delights in the opportunities she has as a women’s conference and retreat speaker to share from God’s word. Many of her illustrations are drawn from her relational experiences as a wife, mother, and mema. They are the very relationships that bring her the greatest joy and the most fun!