What does it mean to be doers of the word?
I’ve been praying for God to reveal more of His Word to me. One thing that has come to mind is being a doer of the Word and not just a hearer (James 1:22). What does that really mean for us today? What does it mean to be doers of the Word?
I’m reminded of a miracle that involved Peter and John at the gate of the temple, called Beautiful…how appropriate for what we witness next. It begins with a man in great need and of much lack, both physically and financially, and I’d guess spiritually, because he was without Christ. He is laid at the gate to do is daily practice of asking for the help he needed, but this day would be like no day before it. In comes John and Peter. He asks them for money to help, but they had none, but Peter goes on to say, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” (See Acts 3:1-9) They were doers of the Word.
What does this mean for us today? While I was praying for all those in need, I hear a small voice that says, “don’t just pray, do.” Jesus didn’t send His disciples out to pray over those that were sick and oppressed with demons and devils, but to go do…”Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8 This struck me in a very real and deep way these past few days.
Often I pray and there is nothing wrong with praying, please don’t misunderstand me, but this time, I realized that the very thing I’m praying for, the relief and help that I pray for others rests in my hands, your hand, our hands. We can pray, but let it not stop there. Let us be the eyes, hands, feet, and heart that minister God’s love to a lost, hurting and dying world. Let us be the hands by which God uses to bless and restore to many.
God is looking for His people to rise up and go forth and preach the Gospel…”and when necessary use words.” What does that mean? Action speaks louder than Words. Jesus didn’t come praying over people, He came doing God’s will, to help those that were in need and He said, if you cannot believe in Him plainly, then believe Him for the sake of His works. “But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.” John. 10:38 All are known by their fruit. Matthew 7:20 Let us go forth preaching the Gospel and showing the world God’s love.
As we have freely received the goodness and blessings of God, let us go forth daily and share that love with those in need. Let us be His faithful hands, feet, eyes, ears, shoulder and heart. Let us be the carriers, the light of the world, to our world. What do you have? What do I have? Money? Great, give. Time? Great, give. Extra clothes? Great, give. Whatever you can give, I encourage you, as I encourage myself, freely give as we’ve been abundantly blessed. And if you hear that lie whispered in your ear…you don’t have anything to give…don’t believe it, because whatever you can give, even if it’s only 5 loaves and 2 fishes, God will bless it and multiply it to help many. We have more than many around us…more than enough to bless others.
I pray that this has encouraged you to help in any and in every way you can. Someone is praying for help, my help, your help, for anyone to help. They are asking God if anyone even cares. Will you allow God to use you today and everyday? It doesn’t have to be a big deal to you, no one but God and you need to know…but I promise you, the one that is praying for help, to them it will be a big deal and to God be all the glory and thanks for answered prayers. Let us pray, but let us also be doers and not just hears of the Word. Let us go forth and minister to those in need, all kinds of need.
God bless you and thank you for your heart to faithfully server God, by faithfully serving others and sharing His love with the world. Be a light in this darkness and shine bright for all to see the glory of Jesus our Lord and all that He has suffered and died to give us. Now, let us go forth loving others, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19
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