Hear to Do!

One Monday afternoon I got on board a bus and heard a man clad in a crisply ironed blue-black suit ministering the Word of God to the passengers. I listened intently as he shared the Word of God. His message carried weight as he shared on new creation realities. He was confident and taught using so many Scriptures. I was elated my spirit to know that there are still people who share the essence of the Gospel publicly with simplicity on board public transport.

As I listened to him, there was one particular statement he made that has stuck with me since then. He said, “The difference between hearing the Word and doing the Word is remembering.”

I pondered over that statement throughout the journey and even after I got off the bus and realized, as I reflected on the Scriptures that it was so true.

Our Lord Jesus put forth a parable to that effect; He said:

“Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.”
(Luke 6:47-49)

The reason for the lack of compliance to God’s Word is simply a lack of depth in what He has said. People have simply decided not to treasure God’s Word in their hearts. They have not hidden it in their heart. And so even though they read it, there is no depth. They have not meditated on it consciously in order to receive understanding and revelation. No wonder Paul the Apostle prayed that the eyes of our understanding will be enlightened (Ephesians 1:17-19). 

People have other thoughts taking centre stage in their hearts and minds and so the will to do the Word is not there. There seems to be no motivation. And so instead of going to Church, the person would rather recline and watch a movie, ignoring God’s instruction to not neglect the assembling of ourselves.

You see, the Holy Spirit was sent into our lives to help us to live for God’s glory. One of His delights is to help you to remember God’s Word: 

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
(John 14:26)

He will bring all things to your remembrance.

Please note that it is not enough to quote the Scripture or to memorize it, or even to be able to share it. Pastor Chris says, “The deeper things of God are so simple that they are easily ignored. God has packaged the greatest things in the kingdom in simple, ugly unattractive packages. You will read a scripture and ignore it, you will quote it and forget it, you may recite it and never keep it.”

The Word of God is for doing. You ought to do what it says, because God has put in you the ability to do it. Philippians 2:13 says He works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.

Learn to pay attention to the Holy Spirit in order to do the Word. Remember the Word, especially when the crisis of life come.

Get to the Word and dig deep into it. Mediate on it constantly. Be so full of the Word that your reflex actions will be the Word of God at work.

Remember, to “…lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 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. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein , he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” (James 1:21-25)

Note that verse 25 says that you should “continue” in it and don’t be a forgetful hearer.

The difference between hearing the Word and doing the Word is remembering. 

That’s why repetition is so important. Pastor Chris says, “Repetition is the gateway to deep and lasting impression.” Don’t get tired of hearing the same message over and over again. Don’t get tired of reading the same Scripture again and again. There is always freshness where the Holy Spirit is.

Make confessions of the Word. Mutter it under your breath. Write it down in your joirnal. Keep it in front of you. Paint the picture of your future with the Scriptures. Think upon Joshua 1:8.

The difference between hearing the Word and doing the Word is remembering the Word. Hear the Word to do it. 

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