Monday, April 11, 2005

Often I find myself talking alot but never doing...

Often I find myself talking alot but never doing. Do you ever find yourself in this rut? We can talk about prayer and why it's important but when it comes down to doing it we fail. we have bible studies about love but once we leave the room our lives become obsorbed again and we don't even talk to others. Jesus said something very powerful about the religouse leaders of his day. He said
"‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away.
Their worship is a farce, for they replace God’s commands with their own man-made teachings.’”
This is actually a quote from Isaiah. (“These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away. And their worship of me amounts to nothing more than human laws learned by rote.") See we often are so worried about what we say. we bcome so worried that what we say will sound good and somehow show off that we are passionate about God. What we should be concerned about is where our heart are.
Jesus said "you cannot be fruitful apart from me."John 15:4. see, what we say, it's a waste of time if our hearts are "far away."
I find myself in this rut often, But my perspective is always brodened before long. I remember that I am not here to be a big talker I am here to be a doer.
"14Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? 15For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved 16and say, 'Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!' and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? 17Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?"James 2:14.
I don't want to say "be clothed" I want to do the clothing. I don't want to say "we should pray" and never pray. I don't want to say "pursue Jesus" and never do it at all. I don't want my lips to honor God but by heart to be far away. Rob Bell once said "God does not want the empty ritual. God wants our hearts." I want to be intimate with God, I want to do more than know about God I want to Know God. I want to "do" what I "say."


Ashley said...


It's always so cool when you say something that I was thinking about just the other night. (Are you stealing my thoughts? hehehe) I know what you me about saying but never doing. I am guilty of this myself. Too often I tell a girl that I will get together with her to talk about what God is doing in her life, or to pray, or just to listen, but I must say the ammount of times I follow through with the so called promises I am making isn't nearly enough. Looking back I always wonder what was so much more important that I couldn't have given this person an hour or two of my day, of my week, sometimes it might just have been of my life. When you look at it in thoes terms it hurts to admit it. When it gets down to it, it is almost always for selfish reasons that we flake out on these so called commitments. "I am too tired." "I am too busy" "It's not my problem" "I don't know what to say" We are these so called Christians, Christ followers, but we don't do anything that Jesus would have done. Jesus stopped and healed whenever someone needed. We can't even stop to pray. It may not appear to be a miracle such as Jesus' miracles, although none the less I trully believe that it could be the miracle that person needed. May we be the people that reach out and clothe the naked. May we be the ones who reach out and feed the hungry. May we be the ones that reach out before we are asked. May we be Christians, true Christians.

Ryan said...

Well hello there Wesley, I didn't really read your post so I cant really talk about it but here is my site so you can talk to me too, I didn't really post anything yet but I will. Ok well you're sitting in the room right now playing video games so I'll just talk to you that way. Ok Peace out.

Lauren said...

I totally feel you one this one....