Believing is Doing (Part 1): What Stirs Your Heart?

Consider the ancient Jewish “ZEN Masters”, men of action who were stirred by God:

Zerubbabel - Stirred to lead others out of bondage and the reconstruct of the Temple of God.  

Ezra - Stirred to lead others in the reestablishment of the Word of God and community of God’s people.  

Nehemiah - Stirred to lead and organize others to rebuild the protective walls of Jerusalem.

All sacrificed.  All overcame opposition.  All needed God’s people to buy-in and pitch in to do the work.  The acts of God throughout Biblical history were continually tied to stirring good people to take action.

Pray for God to stir your heart to the right actions.  Pray for God’s people to unite and rally to take action - to rebuild, reboot, relaunch, revise, re-engage, restore, or otherwise renew full kingdom life.  What stirs your heart to kingdom action?  Consider some Bible examples:

1.  Paul in Athens, provoked by evil, so he acted with reasoning, explaining, enlightening the truth:

Acts 17:16 NLT - While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply troubled by all the idols he saw everywhere in the city.

Are you stirred by rampant idolatry in your city?

2.  Christ seeing the ignorance, rejection, and corruption of those He came to save:

Luke 19:41-46 NLT - But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. 42 “How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. 43 Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. 44 They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not accept your opportunity for salvation.” 45 Then Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people selling animals for sacrifices. 46 He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”

Are you stirred to lovingly confront the ignorance and corruption of those who claim to know God?

3.  Timothy, genuinely stirred to act first and always about what is best for God’s church, not himself:

Philippians 2:19-21 NLT - If the Lord Jesus is willing, I hope to send Timothy to you soon for a visit. Then he can cheer me up by telling me how you are getting along. 20 I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare. 21 All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ.

Are you stirred to care for the welfare of your church more than caring chiefly for yourself?  

4.  David, stirred to exuberant worship and desire for the presence of God, then the inspiration to build God a house in which His name and glory would be magnified in the earth:

2 Samuel 6:12-15 ESV - And it was told King David, “The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing. 13 And when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened animal. 14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn.

2 Samuel 7:2-5 ESV - the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” 3 And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.” 4 But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, 5 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in?’”

Are you stirred to experience and honor the presence of God?  Are you stirred to create something that will lead others to experience and honor Him too?

So again:  What stirs your heart?  What bold and holy action is God leading you to take or restore?   There’s a reason we trace our heritage to (and are stirred by) the Book of Acts and not the Book of Intentions or the Book of Talks.  Believing is doing!  What ACTS will you let God stir your heart to do?