Hearers and Doers of His Word

Posted: October 19, 2012 in build up, compassion, Disciple, Discipleship, Family, great commission, Marriage, Mentor, mentoring, Parenting

NIV Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
               This passage of scripture is so very clear, but it seems that the main point Jesus was making has been missed by so many people who would say they are followers of His.  Some of us have been part of local congregations for many years, and others are relatively new participants in the local church.  However, the message is the same—we are not only to become Hearers of His Word, we are to become Doers of His Word!  Simply put, as followers of Jesus Christ, we must read the Bible, and do what it says!  A simple message for us as well as those we mentor!
              
               I’ve often heard people say to me that we cannot do anything to gain more acceptance or love from Christ.  That is exactly true!  The thing is that when we are truly followers of His, and we read His Word, we are transformed into His image, becoming more like Him, and our lives are different.  We don’t do anything to gain favor with God…we do everything out of love for and worship to the very one Who has taken up residence in our lives and is the very reason we live!  If there is no change in our lives after we are “saved”, we might want to revisit our salvation and make sure our heart is right with God.  A transformed spirit will always result in a transformed life that lives and serves Him and His Church!  Once we are saved, we cannot help but be changed
               So, how are you doing?  Are you a believer and follower of Christ?  Does your life show His love, character and integrity…at work, home, church, etc?  These are huge questions that we all must take to God for an honest response from the One Whom we base our entire existence! 
               No matter where you are now, God wants to show you His abundant plan for your life.  Times may be hard, you will go through storms, but His promise is that He will go through them with us…as we become Hearers and Doers of His Word!
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