“Why not assume action?” Francis Chan asked in a recent article.
He said Christians remind him of the fattest people on earth, “They are fed more and more knowledge every week. They attend church services, join small group Bible Studies, read Christian books, listen to podcasts and are convinced they still need more knowledge.”
It sort of reminds me of the people in the movie “WALL-E”
Chan went on, “Christians should instead be more active in translating the knowledge they have into action rather than languishing in fear and indecision.”
Languishing in fear and indecision — That’s what I feel like I have been doing. Waiting for God to hit me on the head and tell me what to do.
Instead, I just need to ACT more on the scriptures.
It’s a matter of heart. My friend Lorena and I rode together yesterday to Montgomery and had a good talk. She told me how when she hears of a group of people suffering, like in the Ukraine, she feels tremendously compelled to do something about it. Usually the only thing she can do is pray, so she prays prayers with emotional turmoil for the situation that has moved her heart.
In the same way, the scriptures should move my heart so I am compelled to do something.
Nothing’s holding me back. I hear it. I believe it. My heart is moved. I do it.
It reminds me of David. People told him he shouldn’t fight Goliath, but he said, “The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
God had said he was for the Israelites. David believed it. It didn’t matter how daunting the situation was. He ACTED.
In II Samuel 23 the Bible says some of the last words of David were, “Is it not true my house is with God? For He has established an everlasting covenant with me, ordered and secured in every detail. Will He not bring about my whole salvation and my every desire?
David had complete confidence in what God had said. David EXPECTED that God would save him and answer his prayers, give him good things.
And how did David act because of this? With excitement and boldness in every situation —
He trains my hands for a battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory; you stoop down to make me great. . . I pursued my enemies and crushed them. I did not turn back until they were destroyed. (II Samuel 22:35)
And the covenant that gave David confidence continues today.
Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. Isa 55:3
As God has said, “‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.’ . . . Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. . . Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. Acts 13:34, 39
WE can have confidence. We can be BOLD!
He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant. . . If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! . . . Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. Selections from II Cor 3
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession. II Cor 2:14
So why not assume action?
Why wait until the stars line up just right, and everything FEELS just right?
I can BELIEVE that God is with me. He WILL make me competent. I can HOPE.
And each day, as I hear scripture, I can allow it to move my heart. I can be EXCITED about starting to put it into practice that very day.