Last Sunday, Pastor George spoke about the book of James; specifically focusing on the topic on being hearers and doers of the word. In chapter 1, verses 21-25, James compares a person that knows the word of God but doesn't act on it to someone who looks at himself in a mirror and then immediately forgets what he looks like.
Pastor George stated that in order for you to get anywhere when it comes to the things of God, you have to do both: know the word, and do the word. It's important to remember that God's word is like an implanted seed that grows through us so that we my bear fruit (James 1:21). But if the word of God is the seed, then our hearts are the soil where that seed is placed.
But what kind of soil are you? In the parable of the sower (Mark 4:14-15), Jesus details the different types of soil/hearts that the word falls on:
- The wayside - easily deceived; blinded; resisting the word of God
- Stony - immediately receives the word, but tough times make it all fall apart; those who believe and obey but cannot last long; emotionalism
- Thorny - the things of this world choke out the good intentions and you become unfruitful
- Good ground - hear the word and bear fruit
The Lord wants us to be be the good soil; having knowledge of God's word and living it out in our day-to-day lives. It's not easy,and challenges are sure to come. But be encouraged because our Lord is alive and he is speaking right now!
"The learning is in the doing," - Pastor George Searight II