Well, it’s Monday, and I’m curious about what you heard yesterday? It was Sunday, so where did the minister take his text from? What was the title of the sermon? Yes, I’m putting you on the spot and causing you to think. The reason is that nothing you did or heard at church yesterday is more important than hearing the Word of God. The music and singing are lovely, and if you’re involved in serving, that’s incredible as well. However, nothing changes or transforms your life more than God’s Word.
The reason I asked you what you heard is that I want to ask you another question. Have you begun to apply what you heard? Or, what have you done with what you heard? Hearing the Word is the first part, but the change happens in the application. So many times, the sermon goes forth, and it’s content only lasts until the dismissal prayer. We have to make sure we hear it, keep it, and apply it.
The Word of God is like a mirror where you see your reflection. As you look into it, you might see things that are ok and even improving. But if you see your reflection, and notice obvious things that need to be fixed, yet you walk away and ignore it; you’re only hurting and affecting yourself. You have two choices. You can either try and forget what you saw, or make sure you never look in the mirror again.
I am writing about this today, because of what the Apostle James said in his book.
James 1:22-25 (NKJV)
22 But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;
24 for he observes himself, goes away and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
Since it’s the first of the week; start today with becoming a doer of God’s Word. You can’t do it all in one day, but you can sure make a good start. So let me ask you again.
What did you hear?
What did you see?
What are you going to do?