“My son, keep my words, And treasure my commands within you. Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 7:1-3 (NKJV)
Solomon tells his son some things he is supposed to do with his commands. He is supposed to treasure them, obey them, guard them, tie them and write them. Performing all of these things will require quite a bit of dedication on the son’s part. But all the dedication it would take to treasure, guard, and tie the commands would be useless without doing what the commands said to do.
It is one thing to know what God’s word says to do. It is another to do it. When it comes to being committed, obedient followers of Christ, there are basically four different types of people.
First, there are Wishers. Wishers sigh and cry, but never try. They know there’s more to the Christian life than they are experiencing, but they will not do anything to change. They just wish things would change without any effort on their part. They wish they had a closer relationship with God, but they will not do the things that deepen their relationship with God. They wish they had a better prayer life, but they will not set up a prayer time. They wish they had a better devotional life but they do not open their Bibles except during Church services. They wish they could lead someone to Christ, but they never share the Gospel. They are not committed to the Word of God. They just wish they would change.
Secondly, there are Talkers. A talker talks a good game about what God is doing in their lives. They talk about how great their relationship with God is. They talk about how great their prayer life is. They talk about how awesome their private devotions are. They talk about all the opportunities they have to share the Gospel. To hear them tell it, everything is great between them and the Lord. The problem is that there is very little evidence of what God is doing in their lives outside of their words. They are angry, bitter, proud, gossipers, hateful, unloving, judgmental or hypocritical. Their spiritual life is little more than the words they say. They are not really committed to the Word of God. They just talk as though they were.
Then there are Dabblers. A dabbler likes to start many activities but they never seem to follow through. They want a deeper relationship with God so they start doing things that help them grow closer to God. They want a better prayer life so they start making it a point to daily set up a prayer time. They want a better devotional life so they start making it a point to daily set down and read their Bibles. They want to lead someone to Christ so they start making it a point to look for opportunities to share the Gospel. After a little while the “new” wears off these activities and they quit. They just dabble in these things for a limited time. They are not really committed to the Word of God. They just dabble with it as long as it’s fun or easy.
Finally, there are Doers. The doers are those that have stopped wishing they could have a better prayer life and have started praying. The doers don’t have to tell everyone how awesome their private devotions are, everyone can see from the changes they are making in their lives what God is doing. The doer has stopped dabbling in those things that they know God wants them to do. They are committed to doing what the Word says when it is easy and when it is hard.
As I study the Bible, it seems clear to me that God doesn’t want us to be wishers, talkers, or dabblers. He wants us to be committed to being doers. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22 (NKJV)
Does your life show you to be a wisher, talker, dabbler or a doer?