Doer & Hearer
Today’s scripture comes from James 1:23. “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”
Let us look at this scripture with a mental picture. We see a man practicing Christianity. He is looking at himself. He looks at his natural face and he continues in his faith. We later find out that he’s a preacher. He sermon about topics that interest him. Later we find out that he is a pastor. We find out that he is a teacher. You may have even seen him on T.V. if you have any clue at all about a Christian lifestyle.
He is a person, today, like us, who is practicing his faith and continuing in it. He looks at himself; his natural face, which is taken away by God so he simply doesn’t look like that anymore. Yet, he is a person, a person who continues in his faith.
Later in the conversation, he speaks to himself. He tells himself that he is a teacher, one who teaches about God. He tells himself that he is a doer of the task, not a hearer of the sermon.
You see, that simple principle, that one is a doer and not a hearer, is a Jesus principle.
Allow yourself to continue in your faith, doing those things that are good, and beautiful, and powerful, and loving.
There is more to the message of the Sermon on the Mount, but this is a good starting point. God bless her.
When you go to disabilities services, you are going to see physically disabled people being wheeled down the aisle. They have special needs, and we’re here to make sure that the needs of each individual are met.
From that moment, the ugly part of our society rears its ugly head. I hate to say some harsh words but just look at the ADmitting of such. People with disabilities are overrepresented in society. In particular, in the church.
People with disabilities have gifts, both ways. One of the gifts is not being able to walk down an aisle. A lot of these people have great needs.
Most of them are poor. They have used their feet very creatively in finding jobs, for example, but they lose out to those who do not use their feet so smartly, but they give so much. When they go to the altar, they come with a blindfold.
Do they think that God’s Opportunity would be lost if they lost their sight? You bet! So, why do they not take advantage of such opportunities? They have the gift of the Gator, but they don’t make it work.
The other gift that physically- disable people bring to the altar is their Apostle, their high priest.
Recently, we’ve heard of some tragic cases where even whole denominations, churches, were infiltrated, and one unclean voice was speaking for the whole congregation. They’ve discovered that they can’t even tell the crippled who are paralyzed whether they’re going to be okay. They used to know that, you know. They even have a name for that infernal confusion: Dis-incarnate cursing.
Well, we’re dealing with the infinitesimal with God here. I would think it would be a lot less dramatic if everybody brought in somebody who actually knew what was going on with the infinitesimal part. How would people feel if they knew what was going on with the infinitesimal part? It’s not my job to make sure that the church knows what it’s doing with the little thing. For goodness sakes, people need to practice some humility.
misplaced anger is the gift that causes the most stunning hypocrite behavior. I feel a sort of shame that I became angry at the radio sermon. Some might say that I was angry because the words were coming out of my mouth, but I was angry for about three days.
Have you ever done something where you got angry for the sake of it and you spoke harshly to someone you were angry at? If you haven’t, you should. For the sake of the 11 illustrations that follow, let’s call them ‘stupid’ for not knowing the truth, or acting according to falsehood.
Finally, let’s look at nonsense. We all know what nonsense means, don’t we?