This Sunday we will discuss being a “doer” instead of just a “hearer.” I was thinking about this and realized I’ve fallen into a trap. Each time I go to the cardiologist, she very patiently sits down with me, discusses my diet and emphasizes my lack of exercise. I very carefully listen - then go home and do what I want. I justify this by saying I’m getting plenty of exercise by jumping to conclusions, running in circles and jogging my memory on a constant basis. Of course, we all know I’m kidding myself. I’m listening, but I’m not doing.
The writer of James says that “faith without works is dead.” A lot of our churches are experiencing a type of slow death. Why? The vast majority of the congregation says in effect, “I hear what you’re saying, but I’m too busy, or I’m too tired, or I’m too old.” So the church eventually grinds to a halt. Then when visitors come, they leave saying, “That church is dead. They just don’t know it.” Like my cardiologist visit, if I don’t do something, I will die sooner than I want.
At Countryside, you have a group of people who are doing a lot of things. You also have a group that isn’t doing much. I believe I am doing a pretty fair job at getting various things done in the church. So even though I’ve got plenty of room for improvement in my physical life, I believe I’m in good standing in my church life. Where do you stand? In the group that’s doing a lot or in the group that just sits in worship once a week and that’s it? As the Letter of James says, “Be a doer, not a hearer.”
This blog consists of reflections written by the minister each week for the Sunday bulletin. We hope that you enjoy the musings!