Summary: We must be doers of the word, not just hearers. Sermon uses the song "Do Something" By Matthew West as an illustration to show that we are God's hands and feet, who are we to complain about things, and not do anything about them?
Psalms 31:23 “O love the Lord, all you His godly ones! The Lord preserves the faithful and fully recompenses the proud doer.”What does that mean? What does it mean to love the Lord biblically? My understanding of biblical love includes an attitudinal response and demonstrated obedience, if we obey we are assured both reward and retribution… What is the attitude of love? We can say I love you and truly mean it, but what if we are saying it to a Twinkie? I love you Twinkie… as we savor every bite. How about your parents… I love you mom, I love you dad. Those words have meaning, but how do we know that what our children are saying is true? It’s in their attitude toward us, it’s in their obedience toward us. It’s the same with our heavenly Father… IF we love the Lord with all of our heart mind and spirit and we do not obey His commands do we truly love Him? He has very simple rules… Love the Lord your God with all your heart mind and soul, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Over the last year, I’ve seen some very good ministries supported financially by this body of believers. I’ve also seen some volunteerism from many of you in our community. I think that’s wonderful and it is demonstrated obedience. What kind of sacrifices did you make to volunteer at those events? Did you miss something you wanted to do because you had committed to working that event on that day? Loving God requires sacrifice. Deny yourself, and follow Me… The Psalm I read includes the word doer… I’ve had a song running through my head for a few weeks. I don’t know how long this song has been out, but I really listened to the words to it about 3 weeks ago and it really hit me… It goes like this…
I woke up this morning Saw a world full of trouble now Thought, how’d we ever get so far down
How’s it ever gonna turn around So I turned my eyes to Heaven I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?” Well, I just couldn't bear the thought of People living in poverty Children sold into slavery The thought disgusted me So, I shook my fist at Heaven Said, “God, why don’t You do something?” He said, “I did, I created you”
What is going on in our world that absolutely disgusts you? What truly breaks your heart? Is it easy to ignore when it doesn't affect you directly? In Matthew 7:24 Jesus says “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
Receiving, reading, researching, remembering, and reflecting on the Word of God are all useless if we fail to put them into practice. Jarod and I were talking on Wednesday and we spoke about James 1:22, which says We must become doers of the word. I understand this is a hard step, because Satan fights it so intensely. He doesn't mind you going to Bible studies as long as you don’t do anything with what you learn. We fool ourselves when we assume that just because we have heard or read or studied a truth, we have internalized it.