You have heard it said that good intentions are the paving stones to the devil’s abode. If the recent observance of Easter has moved you to make some decisions about your walk with God, take stock of the steps you have taken to make them come true. Are you actively following up on your decisions or are you paving a road?
The Bible’s author (God) is not unfamiliar with good intentions. Human nature makes it easy to be moved in spirit and heart but then do nothing to follow up. Worse, we might use good intentions as a shield for doing the very things that God does not want us to go after. Samuel addresses this rather succinctly when he stated, “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22)
Time to Stop Listening and Start Doing
Although listening to Sunday sermons is important, it is insufficient to please God. If you have chosen Easter to make the decision to turn your life around and follow the Lord, it is time to get moving on this intention. James 4:17 warns those who know what is good but then choose to do something different.
You are in Good Company
Before you throw up your hands in defeat, remember that even the Apostle Paul struggled with wanting to do good but then doing something else. (Romans 7:15) That said, the letters he wrote show that he would not allow sin to get the better of him. It is fair to say that he struggled with his own issues (whatever they may have been) as much as he struggled to bring the gospel to people. “Struggle” is the operating word.
Let’s get busy and do some struggling of our own!