Just Do It

Just Do It

I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them. (John 13:16-17)

Read: Ezra 4:6, 6:14-22, Esther 1:1 – 4:17

Relate: There are actually two different categories of sin but it seems as though only one kind is all we ever talk about. Sins of commission get all the glory. Everyone talks about “don’t do this”, “you shouldn’t do that”, and “we need to avoid doing the other thing”. It isn’t just hogging all the talk. Sins of commission monopolize our thought time too. If I were to ask the question, how have you sinned recently, wouldn’t you begin thinking about the things you did that you shouldn’t have? Maybe its the cruel thing you shouldn’t have said. Maybe it was that thing you should not have looked at late last night. Maybe it was… whatever it was you did.

Sins of omission are a bit more sneaky. While commission sins like to steal all the glory, devious omission tends to prefer flying under the radar. I think it is because it is a lot safer to talk and think about what we are doing but shouldn’t than what we aren’t doing but should. It takes a lot less investment in time, money, or heart to stop doing something than it does to start. But if you know what you should be doing, there is no greater reward than to actually do it. It is not safe. It is not easy. It is necessary.

React: So on what actions in our lives do we need to pull the trigger? What is that one thing that we know we should do but just haven’t been doing? Why not? Maybe it’s a security issue. There is a fear involved in stepping out in that direction. Maybe its a matter of social consciousness. What will people think of me if I do that. Perhaps its a lack of urgency. I know I should be doing that and eventually I will get around to it, I just need to do this first. Perhaps it is simply a matter of procrastination. Why do something today that you can put off until tomorrow? Whatever the reason or rationale, it is high time we stop sinning and start doing.

Respond: 

God, I am Yours. The thing is, it would be so much easier to be Yours if that didn’t require actually doing something. The problem with being a follower of You is that it means I have to get up and start walking. All too often I simply find myself sitting on the sidelines. That’s sin. I acknowledge it and beg Your forgiveness. Help me to get on my feet and start moving. Help me to get up and do it. Help me to be a follower of You.

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10 thoughts on “Just Do It

  1. Strikes right to the core my brother… You asked the question and my thorn is being unwilling to attempt making amends and share the gospel with my toxic mother who I haven’t seen in 15 years. It’s easy to love people who love us back but quite another story to step into the messy relationships for Gods glory.

  2. Interesting version of Rooftops! More of a techno version. I love this song, but never heard this version. Thanks for sharing it! I would be be remiss if I didn’t leave you a comment today! I enjoy your writing – not are it would be a sin of omission not to share it, but I thought I would be safe and make sure you know I am a fan! Blessings! Enjoy your day!

    • Why thanks. Jesus Culture has a full CD called Reconstructed that is pretty much a dj remix of each song. Its one of my favorite running/biking CDs.

  3. We’re often faced with situations where we need to take action. Even though it is uncomfortable to put ourselves in these situations and be the one to step up, we still don’t need to be idle. Satan loves to control people by fear, and using those fears it keeps people in their comfort zones.(2 Tim 1:7) I promise you Satan will never tell you to do something that is right, like apologizing for past wrongs or making amends. He would love to keep you bound by hurt feelings and past mistakes. We have to make a choice to step out of our little zone, and do the right thing, even if it is hard, even if someone doesn’t accept your apologies, even if it doesn’t help matters between people. The point is, you can have peace in your heart, instead of being bound by anger and hurt. When we continue to harbor those feelings, we are hurting ourselves. Keep your conscience clear, step out, and do the right thing.

  4. This is awesome! I agree, sins of omission are definitely more dangerous. When God speaks of the sins that are an abomination to Him I see them as being sins of omission. When people split up or cause dissension in a Church it is usually caused by sins of omission. Great stuff. I know I left a link in your other blog that I love, but please check out my book Chasing Signs. .http://www.lulu.com/shop/lashondra-graves/chasing-signs/paperback/product-21802332.html

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