This morning you might hear a great sermon – it will stir something within you. You might hear words you have needed to hear and it will stir hope or conviction. There will be this prompt to act or be still before a mighty God.
And then you’ll get in your car and go home… next Saturday you’ll clean out that old bulletin with those sermon notes – removing them from your Bible into the trash.
Will you simply cycle back in to doing church the way you have always done? A life in love with the idea of doing church – a life in love with the idea of salvation? Or will that “stir” cause a movement of hands and feet? Will that hope melt your heart and turn your head?
Will this be the week that the idea – becomes something more?
The choice to sit on hands or act – is yours. What ya gonna do?
“Dear 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? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and 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? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? 18 I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.” Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove. 19-20 Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That’s just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them? Use your heads! Do you suppose for a minute that you can cut faith and works in two and not end up with a corpse on your hands?” (I love the book of James 2:14-20 The Message)