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Even with the suspension of physical church services, one thing I have observed in my circles is that we still love attending the virtual services. Now that church is online, we also take most of our sermon notes online. Social media timelines are always filled with Bible verses, messages of hope and live video services shared. You may think everyone is born again on Sunday; and of course most of us praise our online services, talking about how the sermon was ‘good’ and ‘great’
One Sunday, I struggled with the sermon, but everyone around me praised it. They even quoted the preacher on their timelines, as I tried joining the dots. I enjoyed the praise and worship and intercessory then blacked out to the end. Maybe it has happened to you as well, one day you are all in enjoying the sermon and the next you are at zero! On a day that you have nothing to write home about, your timeline is a bit dull, how will people know that you went to church? How will people know that the sermon was great?
Then a question arises; are these great sermons meant just for us to enjoy and post about or are we meant to live them out? We have changed from going to church on Sunday and being very good Christians around the church compound, to posting about the service on Sunday yet Monday to Friday we are talking ill of our country, our leaders, bullying each other, sharing ungodly content, playing safe then back to Godly quotes on Sunday. In short we have becoming a sermon praising society, instead of a God praising society. If we want people to know that we went to church, it takes more than posting what the preacher said, it takes obeying what we heard, it takes doing the word.
James 1: 22-24 warns us against merely hearing the word; ‘Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.’
If the sermon was great, then it should result into receiving and doing. If we only hear and we are not doing then we are deceiving ourselves. A great sermon will not only be reflected on Sunday, but throughout the week. We should remember what we look like, not just look in the mirror, praise the mirror and forget what we look like. When we praise the sermon, it should reflect on our character.
So how was the sermon last Sunday? If it was great, are you doing it? Or waiting for another great one next Sunday? Remember, there is a blessing for those who do what the Bible says, the blessing of obedience.