“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” – Luke 6:46-49
Jesus had just finished teaching on loving enemies and putting others above a bunch of rules. Here, he brings it all home: Stop listening and start doing.
Seems like the American church is full of a bunch of listeners. I get sick when I hear people say that they come to church to be fed.
Most often this comes in the form of a complaint (insert whiny voice) “I’m just not being fed.”
It leads me to ask a couple of questions:
- Why do we need fed? If it is just to gain more knowledge, forget it. If it is just another fact of the kingdom that will die inside of us, let’s save our time. If all we are going to do is get more understanding from the scriptures and sit on our butts and doing nothing to put them into action, it’s worthless. We become an obese people who’s biggest mission in life is to get our carcass off the couch and get another piece of pie. However, if we take the things we learn so that we can go and do, I am all about that. It is the only thing that sets a strong foundation. Another Bible study will not strengthen our foundation unless we put it into practice.
- Who’s job is it to feed us? Eriwn McMannus says “It’s not my job to feed you, it’s my job to make you hungry.” Bam. Pretty much nailed it. Why do we look to others to spoon feed us? We think it is someone else’s fault. It’s the American way. Point the finger. In response to why his sermons are not verse-by-verse teachings (aka “your not feeding me”), Pastor Wayne Corderio says, “That’s your job during the week with Life Journaling.” Double bam.
Maybe it is time we stop blaming others for our feeding and we start burning some calories. What if for every sermon, every Bible study, every journal entry, we had to account for some action? My scales are tipped way too far in the hearing and not so much in the doing. But, in the doing is where we set the foundation. The storms are coming. A lifetime of hearing will do little to sustain us. It is time to do.
What will you do today? Do a little something small and post your experience.
[tags]devotions, Luke, life journaling, God, Jesus, Erwin McMannus, Wayne Corderio, serving[/tags]