In yesterday’s message we expressed the thought, “If you give God a little bit, He can do a lot.” Today I want to encourage you to become the type of person who not only is a hearer of the word, but also a doer as well. As a pastor, I went to seminary to complete four years of graduate study. Seminary can actually cause some students who are passionate about God to lose their faith and die spiritually. The origin of the word seminary means the place where seeds are planted to grow into seedlings. You can think of it as a nursery for little plants. These seeds are grown into little plants, and then you take those seedlings and plant them all over the world.
So, what enabled some students to thrive in seminary? My peers who went out and ministered as they learned were successful. It didn’t matter whether they volunteered at their church, served as youth pastors, or worked in social service; their hearts flourished. The other students who didn’t devote time to ministry and focused only on reading, studying, and taking courses didn’t fare too well. Some of these students came out questioning God and the Bible, such as, “Did God really say that?” They were very academic but really didn’t do much good for the world.
Friend, we have to be hearers and doers. This is a great lesson for all of us! The key thing I observed is that when students were actively serving at the same time as they were learning, this experience was building something valuable in their hearts. You don’t want to do without hearing, and you don’t want to hear without doing. As a result, we add great value to God’s Kingdom!