It’s probably the most asked question in all the world: “How are you doing?” And the answer we give is usually and universally the same: “Fine.” But the truth of the matter is things are rarely fine, and when it comes to many believers, things are far from being fine.
So let me ask you again: “How are you doing … honestly?” James wrote in James 1:22, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
When it comes to way too many Christians and how they are doing, the fact is they are doing terribly. We’re great at hearing, but our doing leaves much to be desired.
The truth of the matter is things are rarely fine.
Ever notice how easy it is to listen to that new series, or read that new bestseller, or sit and enjoy an anointed sermon, but it’s really hard to do what we just heard? Yet, that's what the Christian life is all about. It’s not how good we are at hearing the Word. Rather, it’s how good are we at doing it that makes a difference!
Too many of us pray for God to deliver us out of the very things He put us into just to see if we can do the Word.
Your struggling marriage is no reason to bail out, rather it’s an opportunity to do the Word. How are you doing?
Your strained or broken relationship with a friend or relative is no reason to run and isolate yourself. No, it’s the opening for you to do the Word. How are you doing?
Your disagreement or disappointment with someone or something at church is no reason for you to find another one. No. It’s simply a God-given platform for you to do the Word. How are you doing?
James even tells us the trials, tests and tragedies that come our way are merely opportunities for guess what? You guessed it! Opportunities to do the Word.
And, as we learn to persevere, mature, depend on God and do His Word, we’ll be blessed.
Listen to what James says, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life.” (James 1:12)
Next time somebody comes up to you and says, “How are you doing?” Don’t tell them, show them!
We can all do better!
© 2017. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.