Doing the word of God


            “But why do you call me Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6: 46.)


            ‘Lord,’ or ‘master,’ is a title that implies supreme authority.  Every master employs servants.  A faithful servant obeys his master without question.  An unfaithful servant says he will obey but does not.  The faithful and unfaithful have this in common; both can hear the word of God.  But hearing alone accomplishes very little.  Many atheists have read the bible; those who hate Christ have some knowledge of scripture; the devil himself excels in his understanding of divine truth.  Yet understanding and knowledge are meaningless without genuine obedience.  What distinguishes the faithful from the unfaithful isn’t years of contemplation and careful study; rather, it is the daily application of God’s word; those who fully implement the actions of Jesus Christ, serve the one true and living God.

            Jesus said, “You are the light of the world […] Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Recently, after reading this scripture, I chose to implement it; I began by buying brownies for the coffee shop employees; I attached a card thanking them for their wonderful service.  I then delivered brownies to the bank employees and wished them a Merry Christmas.  I also bought and delivered a small Christmas snack to an acquaintance who works at the grocery store; and another to a friend in the coffee shop.  I gave a gift to an employee at the gym.  I then bought and delivered a toy to the church office for the Christmas toy drive.  While answering the prayer lines at the church I gave Christmas gifts to everyone in the front office.  When I arrived at work later in the day, I handed a Christmas gift to my co-worker.  Then I shared my dinner with the client I work for.  I had been obedient to the teaching of the Lord, and he used me to bring Him Glory.  Reading God’s word is one thing; applying it is another.

            Often, when you read the word of God, you have accomplished half of the necessary task.  When you listen to a sermon you have received inspiration that demands application.  Faith in its complete form is an action.  Faithful servants hear the words of Jesus Christ and do them.  If you desire obedience, become familiar with your masters teachings; read His word daily; and seek (with all your heart) to carry out His desires in the lives of all those you meet. [Note:  Knowledge of the Lord’s commands is necessary.  In the bible, ‘The Sermon on the Mount’ is one the most concise and condensed summaries of the teachings of Jesus Christ.  Become very familiar with this section of scripture.  The discourse begins in Mathew Chapter 5 verse 1, and ends in Mathew chapter 7, verse 27.]   

            “Lord Jesus, we want to be doers of Your word.  May Your inspiration find its application in our lives.  Teach us Your precepts and fill our hearts with Your commands.  Give us the opportunities to accomplish Your will in this world.  May all of our deeds exemplify Your love for others.  May we lay down our lives to serve You; our Lord and our master!  We love You Jesus, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things in Your name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you.

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