Pastor Jason Doyle
Pastor Jason Doyle
Do you spend a lot of time worrying? Do you find yourself unsure of where things in your life are going? Are you often distraught at the future unknown? Most of us do, and while its normal, it’s not something we should be doing. Let’s see what Jesus has to say about it:
“Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
Matthew 6:30-34 KJV
I’m not going to beat you over the head with this, but we do have to look at the facts. We are not to worry about tomorrow!
This is not to say we are to be oblivious to the future, but how things drift from our plans should be taken with a grain of salt. God knows what we need, not what we want necessarily, but what we need.
If this is the case, than why do things so often fall apart around us? If this statement is true, and God knows and supplies what we need, why is there strife in our lives? Two reasons, because of sin, and because of our response to that sin.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God”, here is the key. If we are not seeking God first, it’s no wonder things seem to fall apart around us. It’s so important to organize our lives in such a way that serving God is what we do, and everything else is just an extension of that.
God will provide us all that we need when we are seeking His face first. Seek Him, and just watch as things fall into place. Not to say that all your desires will become reality, but that the will of God will be manifest in your life.
If someone were to write a summary of what you do on a typical day, what would it look like? Would someone say, there is a person who serves the Lord? Could they distinguish you, a proclaimed Christian, from those that are not?
Let’s look at James:
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.”
James 1:22-24 KJV
There is a very important point here, “deceiving your own selves”. Most of us would say that going to Church on Sunday is enough. We are generally good people, and attend service. That covers it, right?
Deceiving your own selves!
This is a lie straight from the enemy. The picture painted above is appropriate, it’s like liking in a mirror, than walking away and forgetting what you saw. That is what happens when we are hearers of the word only. The word of God becomes a noise we endured on Sunday, rather than filling us with the joy of the Lord.
I’m not here to judge anyone on how you live your spiritual life (no more than the watchman on the wall – Ezekiel 33). However, I can say with absolute certainty, simply receiving instruction in the word is not enough. We must act on it as well.
Is it enough to read the assembly instruction on a new piece of furniture? Of course not, we must pick up the tools, and follow the instruction. It is ludicrous for us to think of someone saying that just reading the instructions is enough, we would call them crazy. Yet, this is our mentality with our faith.
There is an obvious consequence to hearing and not doing the word of God. Take a peek at society today and you will understand. When the word of God is only applied to our ears, and not to our hearts, minds, hands and feet, we are wasting and abusing a beautiful gift from our creator.
I urge you to be doers of the word, not hearers only, thus avoiding the self deception of complacency.
We, as fleshly beings, tend to not want to think too much on our short time here on earth. Internally we like to think we will live forever in this flesh. Our mortality is not dealt with by us daily. While this is normal, I think it can at times cloud the majesty of eternity in Jesus Christ.
Forever is a word that often lacks context for us. We cannot fathom the infinite God when we are stuck in this finite flesh. That’s okay though, because we can at least understand the result of an infinite God, and He tells us how:
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
Matthew 24:35 KJV
How amazing is that? It’s the one constant in the entire universe. Every other fact known to man is a cycle, it goes from truth to fiction in waves. Powers come and go, beliefs change and fade.
The word of God however is forever. When everyone we know is gone from this earth, when all civilizations known today are but a footnote in the history books, the word of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ shall remain. It shall remain in force, in power, in glory, and in unalterable truth.
When we stand firm on the word of God, we are standing on the only thing in all of creation that cannot be changed. We are joining with the greatest force ever.
Here is the part that still amazes me and fills me with joy. Those words that will never pass away speak of my forgiveness. They speak of my salvation. They speak of my eternity in Him. They speak of His love for me and all mankind. These words shall not pass away.
Praise the Lord for forever.