Clean Your Room

James 1:22- But be doers of the word, and not hearers only…

I have a 6 year old boy, a 3 year old girl, and a 10 month old son, so you can imagine that keeping things clean and in order can become quite the nightmare at our house for my wife Vanessa and I. Toys here, books there, clothing under there, it really is a full time job just keeping things tidy! However, even though our kids are young, we expect them to keep their rooms clean.( with the exception of our 10 month old. I think that could get frustrating for all of us!) But this got me thinking, and see if this makes sense to you…

Here’s the scenario,

I call my son Noah and say, “Noah, I want you to clean your room. Make sure you make your bed is made and your toys are picked up. And what if Noah said, “Yes, Sir!” And trotted off for an hour or so up to his room. This sounds great right?

But, what if after that hour or so my son came back downstairs and told me, “Dad, I memorized what you asked me to do! You asked me to clean my room! And you asked me to make my bed and make sure my toys were picked up! Aren’t you proud of me? I memorized what you asked of me! In fact, I took to heart what you said so much dad, that I called some of my friends, and they are going to come over, and we are going to meet upstairs in my messy room, and talk about what it would look like if I cleaned my room, and we are going to study what it means to actually ,”clean one’s room”. Aren’t you pleased dad?”

My answer to my son would be, “NO! I am not pleased, cause you didn’t actually CLEAN YOUR ROOM!” And i would tell him, “Don’t just repeat back to me what I said, actually do what i told you to do!”

Sounds strange right?

However, this is what we do with Christ every day. We would rather talk about God’s commands then carry them out. We gather together with other friends and talk about what it means to follow Christ. We get together with accountability partners and we talk about what we feel God is calling us to do. We show up on a Sunday to a church service and we talk about what it would look like if this happened, or that happend. But i have to imagine that at some point our Father, God Himself is saying, LESS TALKING, MORE DOING!

See, it’s not enough to discuss, it’s not enough to strategize, it’s not even enough to just memorize, James tells us in scripture we must, “be doers of the word and not hearers only.”

If we ever really want to see Real Change take place in our lives and in our City then today we must start doing something for the Kingdom of God. What have you done this week for the cause of Christ? How have you made an eternal investment? So when it comes to being obedient its gonna require, Less Talky and more Walky.

 

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