“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22).
“Too many churchgoers tend to regard sermon-listening as an end in itself, says lay evangelist Howard E. Butt, Jr., so much so that sermon-listening may actually be one of America’s greatest sins.
At historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., Butt rebuked sermon-listening as an “escape.” “God wants transformation from listening into living,” he affirmed.”
As we set in the mist of the church at any given time or talk with a pastor, preacher, or deacon, listening so intently to the message we are quick to give the “head nod” or an “amen.” We walk out the door or leave a conversation and while we still agree with what was preached, our actions does not agree. Both have to be in agreement, our beliefs and our actions. Otherwise, we become nothing more than a hypocrite.
How do we eliminate becoming a hypocrite? As James told us, we have to become “doers” of the Word. We “DO” (emphasis added) what God tells us to do, according to His Word. That means we obey all of God’s Word (The Holy Bible), not just the areas we want to obey (The Buffet Bible). When it is Tuesday and we are talking to a person that is lost, we present the Gospel to them, when we see someone going hungry, we feed them. Cloth those that are in need of clothes, and basically love everyone. That is what is missing from many Christians lives, love.
If you are married or dating, you are doing so because you love them. You will always tell them the truth even if that truth hurts, because if you did not tell them the truth, you do not love them. Simple logic that anyone can agree with, which leads me to my next point. We claim to love God, but yet disobey His Word? We claim to love one another as Jesus’ second commandment states, but yet refuse to share Jesus, feed the hungry, cloth the naked. We hold grudges, wish horrible things upon our neighbors etc… I can go on and on because I understand these things now, and I struggle from time to time with these issues.
Anyone can sit in a church and hear the Word, but it takes a Christian to take their marching orders and give their all to the world. For example, we strive to make the world a better place and often talk about how much better it would be if “so and so” was not in office. How about we take Romans chapter 13 seriously, and look to better the world by placing God back into the world. It seems we have taken a back seat approach to God and His Word, and it is time to take back the warrior inside of us, and ask God to “send me.”
On a personal note:
Inspiration for this devotion was from Everfound’s song, God of the Impossible. When you have the opportunity, please listen as it has a beautiful message.
Everyone has someone they would hate to see walk through their church doors, or anyone’s doors for that matter. This is a root of hate and this is not of God. Start by praying for them, make a list, pray for them every day and if you cannot pray for them ask God to prepare and help you to pray for them. If you do this with an open and sincere heart, I promise you will be amazed at what God does, I know because I have seen the results!
If you want to accept Jesus Christ into your life, simply bow your head and repeat these words from the heart,
“Dear God I know I’m a sinner, I know I am not where I want to be, and I want your forgiveness! I believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for my sins and rose again and is alive today!
Please wash me clean from all sin, shame, and guilt, come into my life Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. I ask this in your name Jesus.
*Next find yourself a Bible believing church where there are real people with real problems who aren’t afraid to admit that. And that they know how to take these real problems to God.
*Take time to read from the Bible, if you want, you can start with the Gospel of John and then the book of Romans in the New Testament.