Talk vs Action
Five friends were sitting on a bench. One of them decided to go to church. How many friends were left?
Five friends were sitting on a bench. One of them decided to go exercise. How many friends were left?
Five friends are still sitting on the bench. No matter what the action is, deciding to do something and doing something are two different things. There is no power in intention!
You may intend to go exercise. You may want to go exercise. You may want to burn calories. But until you have actually exercised you are still sitting on the bench. There is no difference in the friend that decides to exercise and the one who never gave it a thought. They each had the same outcome. They are still sitting on the bench.
I have lots of good ideas that I intend to do for God. I can completely plan them out in my mind but if I do not act it out it is useless. And I know I am always blessed by doing things for God. Is it laziness that causes me not to act on it? Is it because I am too busy doing other stuff? Is it I am afraid of failure? If God has laid something on our heart then we have to trust Him to help us get it done.
James 1: 22-25 "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing." James 4:17, if someone knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
Christians are to be doers of the Word not just hearers. We are to hear the Word and then respond by doing something about it. Action is the hard part. 1 John 3: 18, "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth."
We tend to judge others on their actions and ourselves on our intentions. What have you been intending to do?