May 12th 2010

I Can Do!

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

James 1:22-25 (KJV) 

“And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”

James 2:16-20 (KJV) 

Recently someone at church said to me:  “I can do anything … as long as it’s in my head!”  I remember thinking, wow, what an articulate excuse for doing nothing.  A bit like the man who hid his talent in the ground (Matthew 25:14-18). 

BUT we are told to emulate Christ, and of course this covers many facets of his being.  A key quality of Christ that often goes unnoticed (but made clear by Mark in his gospel account) is what an active and hard-working human being He was—rising up early in the morning and working till late at night, acting immediately, healing people, casting out demons, preaching the word, teaching his disciples, walking from town to town, feeding the multitudes, and just consider the myriad of miracles carried out.  Jesus Christ was a man of action … a doer! 

The beginning scriptures show that we are told to be:

Doers of the word (living the gospel),

Doers of the work (preaching the gospel),

And doers of works (practicing the gospel). 

Sounds like a tall order!  But we’re not on our own.  Mark 16:20 tell us, “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”  Jesus Christ continues to work with us, in us, and through us today, so have we really an excuse for not being a doer?  Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” 

So let’s do, working according to our ability (Matthew 25:15). 

Prayer

Father, I pray that as I grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, that the Holy Spirit would lead me to emulate His example, being a doer of the Word, the Work and works–making a real difference to people in my sphere of influence.

Amen 

Study by Irene Tibbenham 

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