But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
It is impossible to have fruit in your life without the word of God. We are all consumers and producers, just don’t be more of a consumer than a producer never doing anything to bring God glory.
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
Faith begins with hearing, then thinking, next saying, and finally doing. If you are not hearing, meditating, confessing and acting out on the word, you are not walking in faith.
The amount of time that you are hearing the word has to be followed by time meditating on the word.
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
Thinking is meditating. The word has to be in your mind!
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Going to church and forgetting what you heard will not profit you anything.
Be a product of the word. Let it change the way you think, act, and what you do. Then, the word is being fruitful in your life.
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (KJV)
Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. (AMP)
For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.
Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour’s wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
This is an epidemic in the last days. People are consumed by whatever it is they constantly consume.
2 Timothy 4:1-3
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
The consumer mind goes from church to church until they find what makes them happy instead of what will make them better. Some of the happiest people are those who serve and have seen and know the joy of serving others.
The teacher described in 2 Timothy 4 who tickles people’s ears creates a consumer based church that is only in a mode of consumption.
5 considerations on being a consumer and a producer:
- Refuse to consume from a person without praying for them. (example: Pray for Pastor James A. McMenis if he is someone you receive from). You need to be invested spiritually in prayer for them.
- Refuse to consume from a ministry you don’t sow into or support.
- Refuse to consume from a person without encouraging them.
Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
1 Corinthians 9:11
If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
When serving and sowing:
- Refuse to sow into ground of ingratitude.
God will not bless the ground of ingratitude
- Refuse to serve an entitled mindset.
2 Corinthians 11:7-8
Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely? I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.