It’s one thing to say what you are going to do, but it’s another thing to do it.
Action is where a lot of us get stuck. We know what needs to be done, but when we step out onto the arena, we simply can’t move. This is an opportunity for an “AHA” moment, or even an epiphany so-to-speak.
In Luke 15, the story of the Prodigal Son tells of one of these experiences. The younger son asked his father for his inheritance early, but then wasted it. After losing everything, he came to his senses and experienced an AHA moment.
Moments like this always include:
1. A Sudden Awakening
2. Brutal Honesty
3. Immediate Action
In Luke 15:20 we read a simple phrase that changed the personal story of the Prodigal Son. Jesus simply said, “So he got up …”
He took immediate action. He recognized that it was time to get up. And unless our personal stories read, “So she got up,” or “So he got up,” then nothing really changes in our lives.
I want you to see a connection between these two phrases in Luke 15: “He came to his senses …” (verse 17) “So he got up …” (verse 20). Without verse 20, verse 17 doesn’t really matter.
My question for you is: When are you going to get up?
When are you going to start that house to house prayer meeting ?
When are you going to talk with that homeless person about Jesus?
When is verse 20 going to be a part of your story?
It’s time to get up.
“Dear Lord, please show me where I need to take action in my life and the lives of others and give me the courage and strength to move forward. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Marti Dolin is the head of two non-profit organizations. One organization — #HicksUnited for ALS families — is an active group that pushes for healthcare changes in West Virginia, where she resides. The other organization is an upcoming homeless shelter for women.
Marti is also active in street ministry, and has a love for people and spreading the hope of Jesus Christ.