Week 23 June 3 -
At Cedar Street Baptist Church, our mission is to be a place “…where heads, hearts, and hands are being transformed through the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
This goal of total transformation is not pipe dream that comes from our staff, but a promise that comes from the Lord. Simply put, when we meditate on God’s Word through the power and illumination of God’s Spirit, we can experience true and lasting change as we become more like God’s Son.
And while there are many verses in Scripture that point to this promise of personal transformation, there may not be a more powerful passage that presents the portrait of a holistic commitment to change in our lives more than Proverbs 4:20-
In just eight verses, King Solomon presents five areas of our physical life that God wants to transform through His Word to bring change to our spiritual life. These five areas include our (1) ears, (2) hearts, (3) mouths, (4) eyes, and (5) feet.
First, Solomon teaches through the metaphor of a wise father speaking to his son that God’s Word will transform us when we approach Him with open ears. Verse 20 says, “My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.” This means that we need to listen closely for what God wants to say to us in the pages of Holy Scripture before transformation can begin taking place.
Second, we learn that what we hear also has to be stored securely in our hearts. In verse 21, Solomon continues talking about our response to the wise words of God by stating, “Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart.” He then reiterates the central importance of treasuring God’s Word in our hearts in verses 22-
Third, Solomon reminds us that what we hear with our ears and store in our hearts will eventually be revealed by what comes out of our mouths. Verse 24 says, “Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.” This means that when what we hear has transformed what we believe, it will always be evident by what we say.
Fourth, this passage highlights the power of our eyes to influence the direction of our souls. Verse 25 proclaims, “Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.” Sometimes our transformation into Christlikeness is halted because we have our vision casted in the direction of the world instead of the directives of the Word.
Fifth and finally, Solomon helps us to understand that our actions in response to God’s Word will always be marked by the path of our feet. In verses 26-
After reading these words from Solomon, we should have hope that we can experience total transformation when we counter God’s truth with our total being. We need to surrender our ears, hearts, mouths, eyes, and feet to be changed by the Lord, so they can be used for His glory and our joy. This promise of transformation beckons us to abide deeply in His Word, but also offers us the hope that we can experience real change and be set free from the power of sin that once dominated our lives before we encountered the gospel. As Jesus promised us in John 8:32, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
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