James writes in 1:22 of his letter these words… “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” The power of God’s Word for our lives is not found in simply knowing it or hearing it.
Greg Donnelly gives a perfect illustration of the power of hearing and doing. Robert Kupferschmid was an 81-year old with no flying experience. However, due to a tragic emergency, he was forced to fly an airplane. On June 17, 1998, he and his 52-year-old pilot friend, Wesley Sickle, were flying from Indianapolis to Muncie, Indiana. During the flight, the pilot slumped over and died at the controls. The Cessna 172 single-engine plane began to nose-dive and Kupferschmid grabbed the controls. He got on the radio and pleaded for help.
Nearby were two pilots who heard the call. Mount Comfort was the closest airport, and the two pilots gave Kupferschmid a steady stream of instructions of climbing, steering—and the scariest part—landing. The two experienced pilots circled the runway three times before this somewhat frantic and totally inexperienced pilot was ready to attempt the landing.
Emergency vehicles were called out and ready for what seemed like an approaching disaster. Witnesses said the plane's nose nudged the
This pilot listened and followed those instructions as if his life depended on it—and it did.
Imagine what would take place in the lives of believers if we listened to and obeyed the Word of God with the same earnestness as if our lives depend upon it because it does.
And Jesus made that clear when He said that man does not live by bread alone, but by every “Word” that proceeds from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4) And that leads me to say, Congratulations Ridgecrest! Because this past Sunday you overwhelmingly affirmed the Word of God given to RBC from Haggai 2:9 and the recommendation of our “Greater Glory Committee” and became not “hearers only, but doers of the word.” And some amazing things have already happened that have thousands of dollars of positive impact toward the refurbishment work, wow and all praise to the Lord!
As we gather today to worship and once again hear the Word of God, why not start by praying something like this to the Lord… “Father, reveal anything in me that would prevent my heart from hearing your Word and then speak to me. I’ll do what your Word says, I’ll be what your Word instructs and I will allow you to open the eyes of my heart to renew and transform my mind according to your Word.”
Isn’t that a great prayer? I can tell you it’s mine today and I’ve already
For God’s Glory Alone,