Deliberately saying, "No"?
By Teresa LeNeave
Why is it so hard to link hearing and doing? A good example is, a young seventeen-year-old girl who got her pre-license just a month ago. The driving instructor said, "Only one non-family member allowed in the car when you drive". The sign said, "Speed limit 55. Double fine during construction."
Somehow hearing and doing just didn't link up in her brain because when she saw those blue lights flashing, she was driving 75 MPH even with the bright orange cylinders sticking out all along the highway. To make matters worse, she failed to place importance on the driving instructions that said, "Only one non-family member". She had ignored the rule and she loaded her vehicle down with four non-family members. Now, she has three strikes against her and she has to face the music as the policemen pulls her over and proceeds to give her a ticket with a big fine attached!
Aren't we adults just as guilty for not linking our own hearing and doing? We get angry at our children for hearing and not doing. We blame it on their immaturity and a dozen other excuses, but we do the same thing when it comes to hearing the word and doing the word.
Many of us are good at "hearing the Word", but neglect to realize the power that takes place, internally, from "being a doer of the Word". Jesus said, "Whoever hears my word, but does not do them is like a man that builds his house upon sand." A sandy foundation spells one word: trouble. Just like the young girl's ticket, not being a doer of what she heard, was about to cause her a lot of trouble and expense. Just for the record, sin doesn't come cheap. There is always a price. The question remains: How high a price are we willing to commit to?
Hearing and doing is all about deliberately saying, "Yes", or "No" to what God warns is best for our lives.
Driving 55 MPH in a construction zone was best, and safest, for the young girl's life. It seems the small things are the hardest to mentally tag, "Important", but there is a terrible price for dashing ahead and ignoring the warning signs.
God didn't say to obey his Word when it was convenient. He didn't say to obey it when we had the time. He didn't say to obey it when we had trouble and needed a little prayer. What he did say was, "Whoever hears my words and does them is like a man who builds his house upon the rock; when the rains and the floods and the winds come ... the house still stands." (Matt. 7: 24-27).
The really great thing about obeying God is that it's so simple.
It's not even hard to "hear and do" because he said there is just two things you need to really focus on after you're born again. The first is, "Love God with all your heart, mind, soul. And, the second is like the first, "Love your neighbor as yourself." That's it. It's that simple. There are not a bunch of rules you have to memorize or a master standing over your head about to zap you if you mess up. He made it as simple as possible. Love. When we love, we treat God and man the way we want to be treated. (Matt. 22: 37-40).
I can't find anywhere in the Bible where these two instructions are a suggestion. It is just like the young driver getting a "double-the-fine" and a speeding ticket in a construction zone. The 55 MPH sign was not a suggestion. Neither is loving God and man.