ACTION what you ALREADY know!

3882408801_523da13dcaPhilippians 3:1 says, “To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.”

Here Paul introduces his teaching to the Philippians by outlining that he is touching on things he has talked about before and not only is he more than happy to do so but actually it is exactly what they need, because going over the same things is safe for them.

Why is it safe? It’s safe because they, like us, too easily forget the fundamentals of our faith. Just like a pianist practices their scales everyday to keep their skills up to speed, so too, do we as Christians need to listen to fundamental teaching and obey it so we can live out what Christ has called us to.

It’s so easy to fall into the trap of searching for some new insight or new revelation that is going to ‘wow’ the people and miss the fact that the congregation hasn’t caught what you taught them 3 months ago. Too many preachers fall into the myth that you have got to have something fresh cooking in the oven all the time, rather than reheating something that is already available and desperately needed for the people.

Western Christians are more educated than we are obedient. We love to learn new things but we often fail to put it into action. We love the knowledge of godliness but we don’t always live in the power of godliness (2 Tim 3:5-7). Rather than exploring new theological twists and turns on the rollercoaster of prayer and exegesis, we should look at what we have already preached and learnt and assess whether we are actually living it out and then respond accordingly.

I think Paul is saying, “Don’t complicate it, just do what you know already because it’s enough and it will sustain you.” Put into action what you already know and you will be out in front by a country mile. 

Lead the Change!

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