Believing is Doing (Part 2): 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 usually tied to stirring good people to take bold 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.  The blessing pronounced upon those who long for inward holiness and honest justice:

Matthew 5:6 ESV - Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Are you stirred to live holy inwardly and promote justice outwardly?

2.  Those Christians whose hearts are not hardened against the stirring of conviction, but who are stirred to make the right changes inwardly so they can make a real difference outwardly:

2 Corinthians 7:9-11 NLT - Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. 10 For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. 11 Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal, and such a readiness to punish wrong. You showed that you have done everything necessary to make things right.

Are you able to be stirred to action when God’s word convicts and challenges you to repent and renew?

3.  God’s attitude toward those who suffer loss, loneliness, and lack of freedom:

Psalm 68:5-6a NLT - Father to the fatherless, defender of widows— this is God, whose dwelling is holy. 6 God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.

Are you stirred, like God is, to somehow help the orphan, the widow, the poor, the lonely, or those in bondage?

4.  Woman with the ointment who sacrificed greatly to honor Jesus even though she was criticized for it:

Mark 14:6-9 NLT -  But Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. Why criticize her for doing such a good thing to me? 7 You will always have the poor among you, and you can help them whenever you want to. But you will not always have me. 8 She has done what she could and has anointed my body for burial ahead of time. 9 I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.”

Are you stirred to worship in a way others misunderstand or think is a waste?  “She has done what she could…”  Are you similarly stirred, like this woman, to do what you can?

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?