Alright, friends. So, I’ve been sitting on this post for a couple of weeks now. Like, pretty close to a month. And I decided last week, Thursday maybe?, that I would post this particular post this week. Wouldn’t you know, the visiting preacher touched on part of this post before he began preaching last Saturday night. Kind of had to laugh a little. Perfect timing.
“Yeah, I’ve been thinking about doing that… I just haven’t yet.”
“Oh, yeah! I had that same idea a while ago. I just.. well, I’ve been thinking on it.”
Raise of hands, friend. How many of us have hear something similar along these lines?
Now, keep your hands up if you’ve heard these phrases used to reference Kingdom work.
Yep. I knew a few hands would still be in the air. And I’ll be honest here, I may have used a line similar to those myself, too, as part of an excuse for why I hadn’t yet done what God had impressed upon my heart to do.
Is it because we’re lazy? Have we not done what He called us to do because we’re too busy and don’t have the time to spare? Is it because we’re scared, frightened even, of what others will say about us if we step out and obey the Lord?
I don’t have an answer here for you, but I do know this. Nothing ever gets done by just thinking about it.
When it comes to the things of the church or, really, the things of life, prayerful action gets it done.
Consider what would have happened if Noah didn’t build an ark, but just sat around and thought about it instead.
Or if Ezra thought about rebuilding Jerusalem, smiled at the nice thought, and went on with his life never touching a hammer (or a sword).
Or if blind-as-a-bat Saul, later Paul, just thought about obeying Jesus’s command, but didn’t actually go to Damascus. Maybe he just took up residence in the gate of some city and sat there, begging for pity since he could no longer see.
What would have happened if these people did not pray and follow through with the actions they were called to take?
What would have happened if they didn’t trust the Lord to equip them with the skills and tools they needed to do His work?
Where would we be if they simply did nothing?
Sometimes, friend, a situation we’re praying about does require that we move when God says to do so. We are the hands and feet of the body of Christ. And what do hands and feet do? That’s right, they move and they work.
Just thinking about it doesn’t get it done. Prayerful action does.
Consider what it is you’ve been praying about and waiting to happen. Is there something the Lord is nudging you to do? It could very well be the answer to your prayers, friend. Don’t be afraid to step out and do whatever it is.