Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22
In 1887 following an evangelistic meeting held by Dwight L. Moody, a young man, John Sammis, stood to share his story. As he was speaking, it became clear to many that he knew little about the Bible or Christian doctrine. His closing lines, however, spoke volumes: I’m not quite sure. But I’m going to trust, and I’m going to obey.
Daniel Towner was so struck by the power of those simple words that he quickly jotted them down, then delivered them to John Sammis. John further developed the words to become the lyrics to the hymn Trust and Obey. Towner then composed the music and the song has been a church favorite ever since.
This story reminds me that God can use every faithful word that we utter and every deed that we do in ways beyond our comprehension. Certainly Sammis had no idea what his simple words would mean to generations that followed. He was simply being obedient to the Holy Spirit’s prompting as he spoke.
In our lives we over analyze everything. We want to know what the results of our actions will be before we will act. We choose our words in attempt to calculate the response. We constantly ask, “What’s in it for me?” The simple answer in our lives of faith is that sometimes the act of obedience is what is in it for us.
We need more obedience in our lives as followers of Christ. We need more people willing to walk the talk.
Well, I’m not quite sure. But I’m going to trust, and I’m going to obey.
I’ll see you Sunday. Until then keep singing: