“As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, ‘Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.’ He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.'” – Luke 11:27-28 (NIV)
It is more blessed to be a doer of the Word of God than even to have been the mother of Jesus.
Few dreams come true by themselves. The test of a person lies in action. I have never heard of anyone stumbling onto something big while sitting down. Even a fly doesn’t get a slap on the back until he starts to work. A famous poem by an unknown author states,
“Sitting still and wishing
makes no person great
The good Lord sends the fishing,
but you must dig the bait.”
Realize that nothing is learned while you simply talk. Words without actions are the assassins of dreams. The smallest good deed is better than the greatest intention. History is made whenever you take the right step. Action is the proper fruit of knowledge. Getting an idea should be like sitting on a tack; it should make you jump up and do something.
“Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest.”
– Proverbs 6:6-8 (NKJV)
Nothing preaches better than this ant, yet she says nothing. You earn respect only by action; inaction earns disrespect.
Some people find life an empty dream because they put nothing into it. Every time one man expresses an idea, he finds ten men who thought of it before – but they only thought. Mark Twain observed, “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive, but it is lightning that does the work.”
The test of reading a book is not that the reader goes away saying, “What an inspiring set of ideas” but “I will do something!”
The devil is fine with your confessing faith as long as you don’t practice it. When praying, we must simultaneously be willing to take the action that God directs in the answer to our prayer. The answers to your prayers will include action.
There are people you know who go to church, read their Bibles, pray, listen to tapes, read good books, and are still a mess. Why? They aren’t doing what they need to do with what they know.
James 1:22, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
You see, when you hear and don’t do, you allow deception to enter your life. You allow inaccuracies to gain hold. I believe that God will never teach you something without giving you an opportunity to put it into practice. He doesn’t want you to just hear, He wants you to do. The fact is that if you don’t do it, you don’t really believe it.
The Bible tells us that action gives life to faith (James 2:26). “Even a child is known by his doings” (Proverbs 20:11). Many churchgoers sing “Standing on the Promises” when all they are doing is sitting on the premises. Too many people carefully avoid discovering the secret of success because deep down they suspect the secret may be hard work.