We are barraged on a daily basis with T.V. commercials, magazine covers, and billboard signs that seek to drive us into taking some sort of action step. They tell us to “buy this”, “shop here”, “wear that”, “eat this”, etc. And, guess what! THEY WORK! We shop at the place, we buy the thing, we take the trip, and we eat the meal. While the messages communicated may point to any number of different things, they all have a common characteristic…they all seek to push you and I into taking some sort of action.
WHY? Action steps are what ensures that a moment’s worth of communication doesn’t die off when the moment is past. Action steps are life, longevity, and influence to an idea. Action steps hand over the keys of ownership to an idea and allow us to take it for a test drive.
BUT, perhaps more important than anything else, action steps give us access to the benefits of wisdom we didn’t have to earn. We get to benefit from the failures, struggles, and greater understanding of others without the same level of sweat-equity invested. Isn’t that one of the best parts of the bible? The fact that we have the timeless wisdom of the creator of the universe in our hands. Wisdom that has stood the test of time. Wisdom that our Heavenly Father gives us freely so that we may reap the rewards of His eternal perspective.
Action steps encourage application over memorization! It’s been said that the highest level of cognitive understanding is not demonstrated by what we are exposed to and memorize but rather by what we are exposed to that we actually apply.
IN OTHER WORDS: If learning were a train ride, memorization would be one stop short of our desired destination…which would be application.
As a pastor and a preacher, I firmly believe that every message ought to include a clear understanding of what to do with what was just taught. There is always action to be taken where the word of God has been preached. Keeping in mind of course, that the most important and faith-filled action that can be taken is sometimes to simply sit and wait. In the greatest message ever preached by the greatest preacher who ever lived…Jesus brings His “sermon on the mount” to a close in Matthew 7 with a desired action step. Check it out:
Matthew 7:24- 27 “24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (NIV)
Isn’t it interesting that the storm comes sweeping into the lives of BOTH builders? Jesus says “the storms come both to those who apply what I am saying and those who don’t”. No one is exempt. Jesus makes it clear that it’s not a matter of IF storms will come but WHEN. Think of what a house represents…a house is shelter, protection, comfort, necessity, a reflection of success, a gathering place for family and friends, it’s a place of peace in a chaotic world, etc. The obvious question is will the foundation upon which you have built everything in your life be able to withstand the storms that will come your way?
Regardless of who you are or where you come from there are going to be turbulent storms that erupt out of no where in your life. Perhaps you have already walked through a few or maybe you can see the dark clouds forming in the distance. Action steps give us access to the benefits of wisdom we didn’t have to earn. Jesus punctuates this game changing, mind stretching, spirit stirring message with an amazing offer for FREE access to the wisdom contained in the content. The key being application.
He says what you do with what you’ve heard will determine who you become. The legacy of your life will be built on your actions not your intentions, what you did…not what you thought.
The power of suggestion pushes us to take action steps based on a lot of things every day. Some things more beneficial than others. How do you think your life would change if you committed to let Jesus influence your actions for ONE WEEK? One week fully surrendered to His way.