Sunday, October 23, 2011

Become an Action Hero!

Dear Readers,

Kids emulate sports and action heroes. They practice incessantly the same moves as their heroes.

At the workplace there is an ongoing call to take action to get work accomplished to produce a product or service to make money.

As a parent sometimes we get stern with our son or daughter when we perceive they are becoming lackadaisical about taking action toward completing school work, chores, or a career pursuit.

One of my pastors about twenty years ago lamented the fact that he was up in front of the church Sunday after Sunday pitching what he felt were meaningful sermons. But one Sunday he threw us a changeup when he urged us to not focus on just the words of the sermon, but to “do something!”

God used Jeremiah to talk a little about action. It starts in Jeremiah 31 and carries over to Jeremiah 32 (NIV). Jeremiah the prophet wrote in 31:33: “This is the covenant I will make to the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law into their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people.”

God goes on in chapter 32:38-39: “They will be my people and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action….”

The message of Jeremiah is that when we are called by God, He puts His law in our minds, gives us singleness of heart, then He directly gives us action to take. This truly is the best way to become an “Action Hero”!

See you next time,


Joanne Sher said...

YES -don't just listen to His Word - DO IT! Great reminder, Arlen!

Dee Yoder said...

Great post, honey! Taking His word and putting it into action is the best part of living the Christian life! said...

Thanks Joanne and Dee. As we work with former Amish persons this Jeremiah passage is another stark reminder that we are not to take action to gain God's favor,....but we gain God's favor which empowers us to take action.

Rhonda Schrock said...

I love this. It reminds me of a similar passage in Ezekiel (new heart, new mind). Boy, have I prayed that one before!

I also like the emphasis on "action." Great reminder, Arlen. said...

The Ezekiel passage and the Jeremiah passage are similar in that we allow entrance of God into our lives, then He does the changing and calls us to take action.