The apostle Paul tells the early Christians in Rome…
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on Him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about Him? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the gospel of good things! But all did not obey the gospel. For Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed our message?’ So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.” (Romans 10:13-17)
So hearing the truth is the gateway to transformation. But it is not the entire journey. If you are part of a church that elevates the Bible, you are blessed indeed. If you have a pastor who preaches the whole counsel of God, that is a great opportunity. But no one becomes a disciple just by hearing the truth, otherwise pews would be changed into something greater. Hearing truth is only part of the equation. James goes on to say in another part of his letter…
“Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror. For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but one who does good works—this person will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:22-25)
When we hear a great message from the Bible, it is like God is holding a magic mirror up to us. When we look at God's Word, we see who we are, but we also see who we are supposed to be. On Sunday we can easily commit to becoming that person. But do we have the same desire for transformation on Monday, or have we lost the spiritual energy and incentive for change?
It is the application of truth that releases the power of truth. Putting those words of God into action is where transformation happens. Jesus Himself even said…
“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of Mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. And its collapse was great!” (Matthew 7:24-27)
Today you get to be sensible or foolish. Today is not about the rousing songs or the inspiring delivery. Monday is about putting feet to the faith you celebrated yesterday. So what will it be… a Sunday faith, or an everyday faith? What did you hear/learn yesterday in church that you will put into action today and bring transformation in your life going forward?
Feel free to post it in the comments section below.
[Bible quotes are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, unless otherwise noted.]
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