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Clapping, Nodding & Smiling Isn’t Enough

Posted: Friday, April 5

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions &amp; Christian Education Pastor

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

Today’s Bible Reading:

Deuteronomy 28:1-68
Luke 11:14-36
Psalm 77:1-20
Proverbs 12:18

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Verse of the day:

Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.” (Luke 11:28 NLT)


I was recently at an event in a foreign country where all of the speakers spoke in their language - a language that I do not understand.

 

One of my American friends was given a seat of honor on the front platform at this event.  He also does not know the language.  Yet, as a grateful guest, my friend clapped when everyone else clapped.  He nodded in agreement when others nodded.  He smiled when others laughed.

 

By all appearances, my friend was a great listener.  However, he would not have known what to do if any of the speakers gave instructions on taking action.  

 

The true test of a great listener is how they respond to what they hear.  

 

When it comes to the Word of God, I believe a great number of us are guilty of not acting on what we hear.  At least, not acting enough.

 

Jesus said, "blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice” (Luke 11:28).

 

God’s Word does not return void (Isaiah 55:11).  Every time we read the Bible or hear God’s Word preached, it challenges us in some way to be more like Christ.  Sometimes, God is calling us to make a small adjustment in the way we think, speak or act.  Other times, God makes it clear that He wants a major course correction.

 

I confess that too many times the preaching of God’s Word has moved me to take action - only for me to forget or come up with an excuse for not following through.

 

We will not be measured by how well we clap, nod and laugh during church services.  We are accountable for putting into practice what we hear from the Word of God.

 

Do not be satisfied with only hearing God’s Word.  Discover the blessing that comes from habitually putting it into practice.