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Hear and Do!

Matthew 7:24

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgI remember my dad asking me – often – did you hear me – when he was given me instructions. I believe he asked this to 1) make sure there was no miscommunication – and 2) he wanted me to do what he was saying so he wanted to drive it home. It wasn’t really good enough if I simply heard him though – he wanted me to obey him as well. Hearing and not doing is not good enough!

How many times have you left church thinking – that word was for me – it was powerful and caused me to think – only to make no changes at all? As a pastor – if I had a nickel for every time someone came out of church – shook my hand – and said something good about the message – I would be wealthy. But if I had to give the nickel back when nothing changed – I would probably have just a few dollars to my name. We hear – we just don’t always listen! We hear – but we don’t always make a change.

Here is today’s passage in partial context: Matthew 7:21–27 – 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’  24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Let us not be hearers of the Word only – but let the Word of God touch us and change us – from the inside out. James put it his way: James 1:19-27 – 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. 26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. When we do our devotions – when we hear a sermon or a podcasts – when someone shares a word of wisdom with us – when God speaks to us through whatever means – we need to be hearers and doers!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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October 20, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , ,

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