So much information is available to us in this internet age we live in. It’s literally at our fingertips. But what good is that information to us? Has it made us smarter? More successful? Happier?
I’d venture to say that much of the time, it’s done nothing more than fill our heads with more facts.
That’s not the way it should be.
So to what end do we gain more information? Surely it can’t be just to say that we now have more information rolling around in our already information overloaded minds.
The purpose of information is to do something with it…to hopefully end up in a better place spiritually, mentally, emotionally, or physically than we were before we got that information. So just gaining more knowledge or information is merely the first piece of the puzzle.
The next step is to do something with that information, to take action on it.
But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]. For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror; For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like. But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience).
James 1:22-25 (AMP)
The first area where we need to make changes is with the Word of God. We can sit in church, listening to a good sermon or read some scriptures from the Bible, but if it ends there, it’s merely entertainment, like going to a movie. Instead of letting that new information just become another piece of stagnant information rolling around in the back of our minds, we need to do something with it. We should pray about how to implement that information in our lives.
An example would be when hearing a message on “love your neighbor as yourself”. The next time your co-workers are bad-mouthing the boss, be prepared to not participate in that. Additionally, step forward to say something nice about that person, even if it’s just to acknowledge that they’re trying to do their best in a tough job.
Or maybe it’s time to proactively do something nice for your spouse that you know that they would like, without expecting anything (including a “thank you”) in return.
I’ll warn against taking action on any old piece of information you find. It’s easy to find information, but it must be measured against God’s Word for truth. If it lines up with what God says in the Bible, then it’s time to take action on it and implement it in our lives. So for some, the first step to take may be to open up the Bible and find out what God has to say to us.
We all want to make some changes or improvements in our lives, so it’s time to quit being merely a bunch of church-sitters, convention goers, or tape/CD listeners. Start being proactive with the information that God’s passed along to you. He wants that information to bring you into a closer relationship with Him and have a joyful existence, while you’re actually still on this earth. But you’ve got to be obedient and take action on it. So start today!
What are some other examples of where information can be turned into action?