Although plans and dreams can be very important, only action gets the job done.
The Gospel Books do not record the thoughts of Jesus; they tell us only of His actions – His deeds.
Over and over, the Lord Jesus Himself demonstrated that He is an action man. He spent His life on earth doing things and initiating the right kind of action in every kind of circumstance.
The Gospel of Luke speaks of “all that Jesus began to do and to teach”
In Acts 1: 1 Luke mentioned the first account he wrote “about all that Jesus began to do and teach” during His earthly ministry until His death,
resurrection and ascension. The Book of the Acts is a continuation of “all that Jesus began to do and teach.” All of His acts, all of His deeds in the Gospels were continued through His disciples into the new era, as recorded in the Book of the Acts. The disciples became Jesus’ actors, His doers. They continued His ministry of acting; thus, Luke’s book is not called “The Thoughts of the Apostles.” It is a book of action. The apostles were Jesus’ doers, continuing what He had started and applying to every situation what He had taught them.
Christ’s deeds matched His words.
According to James 2:17, faith is meaningless without action.
I John 3:18 says, “Let us not love in word, nor in tongue; but in deeds and in truth.
The secret of stability in all life is action.
If we obey God’s command, we will have the power of God.
When God created us, He gave us the intellect—the ability to know, so that we could know and understand; He gave us emotion—the ability to feel or feel; and He gave us a will—the ability to make choices.
Even without any motivating emotion, we still have to learn how to act.
Love is always an order. Love is something a person does, not something they simply feel.
In Matthew 5:44, the Lord Jesus commands us to do four things to our enemies:
- Love your enemies
- Bless your enemies
- Do good to them
- Pray for them
These four things can be done without any emotion.
God provides us with power for anything He commands. Our actions will control our emotions.
We are not commanded to be grateful; but we are commanded to give thanks.
The action provides insight; doing precedes knowing (John 7:17)
A person must act himself in a new way of acting; he must not try to feel himself in a new way of acting.
To act as God wants us to be, in order to obey Him regardless of our feelings, is not hypocrisy – but it is faith.
Some spiritual thoughts related to work:
- I must be about my father’s business.” (Luke 2:49)
- Be doers of the Word, not just hearers (James 1:22)
- Work to build up the church (1 Cor. 14:12)
- I must do the works of him that sent me while it is day; the night comes, when no one can work (John 9:4)
- Your labor is not in vain (1 Cor. 15:58)
- A man skilful in his work will serve kings (Proverbs 22:29)
- Be fervent in spirit (Romans 12:11)
- Avoid vain and profane talk (2 Timoth. 2:16)
- Whatever your hand finds to do with your strength (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
- The king’s command was urgent (1 Samuel 21:8)
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