I’m really not going to make very good sermon notes today, but suffice it to say that it felt strangely comforting yesterday to hear Lynda, someone who is associated with our church from waaaay back. It was like you could feel her love coming through, God’s love really… and by the end of her sermon, there was truly a sense of the Holy Spirit working.
The verses she was speaking from, continuing our series in James, are at the end of the first chapter (19-27). It begins by saying we should be quick to listen, and with the mention of being slow to anger you can see how that listening reminder would be needed–anger tends to block our ears. Then it goes on to talk about not only listening to God’s Word, but doing it, and then the verses end off talking about keeping a reign on your tongue… I didn’t realize before that these verses had such a connected theme. Fittingly, Lynda ended off by asking us to take time to listen to God–to the Holy Spirit, and actually providing time in the service to do that. I like how she said to think of where you would meet with God, if you called him up and said “Lets meet at…” where would it be? (Immediately, I thought of simply going for a walk through the park!)
So keep quiet, listen. And then don’t forget to act on what you hear (that little word you don’t like, “obey” ;)).
“…Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear… throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.” (James 1:19-21)