"Are you still changing when you spend time in the Word of God?"
That was the question that God has been asking me for months, and yesterday it came right out of Beth Moore's very lovely (and convicting) mouth.
To be quite honest, it's not a question that I've asked myself in that way for a long time, but as Beth went on to talk about the difference of being moved by the Word from being changed by the Word, I considered deeply.
Here are the words that have all been pointing me in this same direction for the past few weeks and what I've been learning:
- The book of James in the Bible--Doing is a part of the faith walk. God loves and honors the poor.
- Beth Moore's reflections on the book of James--"Faith and favoritism don't mix." James calls us closer to Jesus through changing our actions.
- The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns--God loves and honors the poor. He calls us to sacrificial living as part of our walk with Him.
- The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue--God often calls us to things that we don't understand and others reject in order to serve the poor and the hurting.
- Yesterday's sermon was about the parable of the Sower (Mark 4). Our preacher talked about God's calling requiring immediate obedience to maintain a sensitive heart.
Do you see a little theme here? I truly did not pick these books and studies because I knew they were all about the same topic, but I think Somebody did.
Now the rubber is meeting the road. I'll share on Wednesday about the actions God is calling me to take.
What immediate action to you sense that God is speaking to you? It may even seem small, but our walk with God necessitates constant movement toward Him.