Be a Doer!
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.James 1:22 KJV
But prove yourselves doers of the word [actively and continually obeying God’s precepts], and not merely listeners [who hear the word but fail to internalize its meaning], deluding yourselves [by unsound reasoning contrary to the truth].” James 1:22 MSG
One of the greatest challenges that many Christians face today is the fact that they want God results without following God’s structure and that’s practically impossible.
Many believers have become miracle seekers instead of Word doers and the kingdom of God doesn’t work that way. Listen, there are no shortcuts in this thing called Christianity.
God is more interested in making you than giving you, yet it seems like we are more interested in having than becoming. God is not an ATM machine, always there to meet your own wishes or dreams. When Jesus met Peter he did something so remarkable and set it as a pattern for us. Please read Luke 5: 3-11 and Matthew 4: 18-20 side by side.
Jesus met Peter a fisherman who all he wanted was breakthrough in his business- more fishes to make more money, I’m sure some of us can relate. Jesus told him what to do in his business and he got the greatest catch of his life time, it was so much that his ship started sinking and he called other friends to help him out- for a second just imagine that! Your business has so much customers that you have to chase them to other people, money flowing in from every corner, isn’t that the dream?
But in Luke 5: 11 says And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
Just as Peter got this big break he found out something that we all have to know- he forsook all and followed Jesus. He knew it wasn’t about just having things or big breaks in his business. He knew that if he followed Jesus he would not just have things but become just like Jesus.
Matthew 4: 19&20 And he (Jesus) saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
All those things you are chasing after, the car, house, job, husband, wife, money, status, fame etc they are all yours in Christ Jesus already and if you only stayed long enough in God’s word, believe it and do what it says you’d have them all but while you’re staying and doing the word something more important is happening to you, you are becoming a mature man in Christ, becoming all that God wants you to be, fulfilling His own purpose for your life, living a meaningful life for His glory instead of just having things and not walking according to his purpose for your life.
I leave you with this scripture to ponder on today, Mark 8:36
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Life is not all about getting, but becoming- becoming all you were created to be, be a doer of the word!
Dear Father, thank you for your gracious, enlightening, and inspiring Word, which continually builds me up and sets me on an ever increasing path of glory and victory. I’m completely yielded to the ministry of the Word, in study and meditation; i follow and chase after the word of God with my whole being, being sure that the word delivers to me all that i need in this life and more, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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