3. GET A MIND-SET OF ACTION
“God shows up in people’s lives when they transfer intention into action.” –Kevin Gerald
Illustration: THE TEN LEPERS
As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. 12 As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
1. A Mind-set of Action
1 Peter 1:13 (ESV)
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
“A Barking Dog is better than a sleeping lion.”
Work and action begins with preparation. As Christians, we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). We must think rightly about what we are to do before we can do it. “Preparing your minds for action” is literally “gird up the loins” of your mind, a figure of speech which meant “get ready for action.” Think getting up in the morning and throwing on some pants to get ready for work.
2. Diligent hands, DO WORK SON!
Proverbs 13:4 (ESV)
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
What is the relationship between our desires and our actions? Both the lazy person and the diligent person desire, but only the one who moves from desire to action gets what they want. Illustration: if you want to get to a destination, sitting in the car isn’t going to do anything unless you turn the ignition, and begin the trip.
3. Faith in Action
James 2:17 (ESV)
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
This doesn’t mean that works saves us, but that true, saving faith always shows itself in good works. The things we do and say are a great gauge for what we believe. James’ metaphor of a dead faith is telling someone in need to go be “warm and filled” and actually do nothing to help them be “warm and filled”.
(The second part of this action step will continue tomorrow)