Just do it

Nike’s catch phrase, “Just Do It “challenges me as a believer in a couple of ways. I have a very detail oriented; check the box kind of personality. I thrive on it. Sometimes I can sit for hours trying to decide where to start on a particular project and still not actually start unless I first make a list. I love to check things off my list. With each check I feel like I’ve taken a leap in the right direction.

When it comes to reading my bible, I can have the same struggles. I hunger so much for the word and the way it propels me toward my God, but sometimes I just plain don’t know where to start. If I don’t have a plan or particular topic in mind, the bible becomes overwhelming. One thing I have learned over the years as a Christian is that time spent with God is never wasted. He knows my yesterday, today, and tomorrow and exactly how to prepare me to meet or handle each one. The most important thing is to, “Just Do It.” My box to check for that day is to say, “God I am yielded to you. Guide me.”

If you need to learn or be reminded of God’s most precious gift to us, read the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Read and experience for yourself the selfless, giving love of Jesus Christ. If you are struggling with fear, read Psalm 27. There you will hear how David trusted in the Lord. To be strengthened in your faith, check out Hebrews 11 and see how faith guided those we learned about as children. Go back and read the whole account of those mentioned in Hebrews 11 and find the fresh new word in those stories that God always seems to show us as we allow Him.

The point is, “Just Do It.” Get in there with an open heart and allow the word to change your thoughts, actions, and motivations. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

It doesn’t stop there folks. The Bible also says in James 1:22-25, “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”

We are to put into practice what we learn in the word. That is how our lives get transformed into Christ-likeness. Some things are going to be harder than others, but when we press on, the bible says in verse 25, God will bless our efforts.

Don’t let fear, doubt, or distraction keep you from drawing closer to God through His word. These are all tools of the enemy.

Cindy Hegwood is a pastor and director of children’s ministry at Family Church at White Hall.

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