We see new recipes and try them out. Hear the latest fad diet, and give it a whirl. Follow the latest advice regarding finances. Jump into a new-fangled exercise craze. And, are easily persuaded by peers, co-workers, and social media.
We allow many things to influence our time, routines, attitudes, and thought life. So, what about sermons? When you attend a Bible-based church or listen to godly online preachers, does their message make any difference in our life?
When we open our Bibles and read sermons from Jesus, prophets, or apostles, does it change the way we think or live? Or, are we sermon-proof?
(At this point, I envision someone walking into a church service not even aware that they are wearing a blindfold and earplugs while cloaked in impenetrable bubble wrap.)
The author of the book of Hebrews writes, “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
If God’s Word is touching our hearts, it should be reflected in our actions. “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22). Simply put, if we are living in disobedience, STOP! Stop whatever we are doing that does not align with God’s Word and do all we can to live right. Of course, we are not going to do it all right, but we can start by applying the truths we’ve heard, one day at a time.
May our lives display proof or evidence that we are hearing and doing what He says.