I remember buying my wife a cabinet kind of thing to hold our music CD’s in. I remember looking at the picture on the outside of the box and thinking that it could not be that hard to put together. When I opened the box and saw all the parts that were with it, I decided I might want to look at the directions (I know, this is a novel thought for a man to have). I then got all the parts and laid them out on the floor in front of me. I separated all the different sections of the cabinet thing. I was all prepared for the reading of the instructions.
If I did all that work … read the instructions from front to back … and then laid the instructions to the side and never referred to them again, I would not have been very smart. The instructions were given to guide me step-by-step through the process of putting that cabinet together. God has given us a set of instructions for living our lives before Him in a way that He determined will be successful. It’s not enough to read the instructions; we also need to follow them after reading. Jesus said, “… Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it” (Luke 11:28).
God wrote down the instructions for us to live our lives in a way that will be pleasing to Him. Doesn’t it make sense for us to then obey the things He has told us to do? There are many times that my eyes run across the words in my Bible as though I am reading the local newspaper … shame on me! The words in my Bible were carefully selected by the God of eternity past, present and future for my benefit. I need to do more than simply read them; I need to act on what they are telling me to do. I encourage you often to read your Bible in this devotional. Today I want to go that step beyond to encourage you to incorporate the things you read in your Bible into your everyday life.
What good will it do any of us to exercise our eyes without engaging our hearts in obedience? All the instruction in the world will not benefit us until we finally come to the place that we actually practice what we read. There have been many times in my life that I have preached a very convicting message and seen the hearts of others moved. I have often gotten on my knees and asked God to help me to do those things I have just told others they should do. It’s easy for me to tell you what to do … but I want to do it too! Don’t just read the words … obey them today!
“The emphasis should be on the Seed, not the sower … on the Seed, not the soil.” – Unknown