Don’t Just Listen... DO. - Pastor Bri Hickman- September 18, 2018

How many times do you need to hear a message for it to click and you do something God is calling you to do?

I read this story a while back about a pastor arriving at his new church with a sermon he had been preparing for weeks. He preached the sermon his first Sunday, and everyone gave him great feedback and went home thinking “oh yay, he’s a good preacher and prepares a message well”. They were eager to hear his next message the following Sunday and arrived at church just to hear the same message being preached. People gave odd looks, thought to themselves that it was odd to hear the same message 2 weeks in a row, but no one asked him why he preached the same message. Everyone went home again hoping to hear a different message the following Sunday, because “they really hoped they wouldn’t have to hear the same message for the next however many years”. They arrived at church the next Sunday. The pastor began preaching his message. The same message. For the third week in a row. Someone stood up during his message and asked, “pastor, we’ve heard this same message for 3 weeks now, do you not know how to prepare a different message every week?” The pastor responded, “I know what I’m doing. I will move on to my next sermon when you start living out the one I’m preaching now.” 

What if we lived this way? What if we reread scripture and we couldn’t move on until we lived out what it is calling us to?

What if we listened to sermons with the thought that it doesn’t end with the sermon, but it continues with how we put it into practice?

This would mean intentionally listening to what God is trying to tell you through scriptures and messages. It also means being Intentional with doing what He is calling you/us to do.

Matthew 5:14-16 “day You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Don’t be a lamp under a basket, hidden and not doing what it is intended to do, but instead be a light that shines in the dark places, and does the work of the Lord. Listen intently and ACT on what He is calling you to do!

-Pastor Bri