Heart Keepers Ministries

“Do- It- Yourselfer”

by Debbie on June 24, 2010

"We help do- it- yourselfers"!  That is what a portion of our yellow page ad reads.  My husband and I own and operate an appliance parts and service business.  We have been in business for nearly 30 years and have gained a good reputation by helping our customers fix their own appliances if they chose to do so.  My husband is well known in the appliance business and is sometimes referred to as the "expert" in appliance repairs.  Customers can call in and speak with my husband or come in our business and speak to him personally.  They can describe how their appliance is malfunctioning and to everyone's amazement my husband is able to identify their problem over 95% of the time without even looking at the product himself.  He then goes into detail about how to repair the appliance.  It can be a very frustrating job at times especially if the customer does not listen and follow his instructions and continues to call or come back to see him and ask him question after question that has nothing to do with their original complaint.  Sometimes my husband just has to tell them that if they are not going to listen to what he tells them to do and do it, that he is wasting his time and theirs.  However, when the customer does listen and follow his instructions, he will usually receive a phone call thanking him for saving them so much money by helping them do it themselves.  Those thank you calls and successful do- it- yourselfer repairs encourage my husband to keep helping people.  It especially is fulfilling to know that he was able to help them fix their problems.

I wonder if God ever gets frustrated with us when we come to him and ask for wisdom and he tells us exactly what to do to fix our problem and we do not follow his instructions?  Perhaps we are wasting his time and ours when we keep praying for wisdom about the same situation and we refuse to do what he says.  Perhaps what he tells us to do seems too hard for us.  What should we do then?  We must never give up!  Scripture (God's instructions) tells us that we can do it with his help.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

So many people came to Jesus for help with their problems and he told them what to do.  Sometimes the things he told them to do seemed impossible, but when they followed his instructions their problems were solved.  Those that did not follow his instructions went away sad.  Here is an example of one who followed his instruction and one who did not.

The Healing at the Pool

John 5:1-15

Some time later Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews.  Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.  Here a great number of disabled people used to lie-the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.  One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.  When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to get well?"

"Sir," the invalid replied, "I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred.  While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me."

Then Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk."  At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

...Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, "See, you are well again.  Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you."  The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

The Rich Young Man

Mark 10:17-22

As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him.  "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

"Why do you call me good?"  Jesus answered.  "No one is good-except God alone.  You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.'

"Teacher," he declared, "all these I have kept since I was a boy."

Jesus looked at him and loved him.  "One thing you lack," he said.  "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me."

At this the man's face fell.  He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Both of these men spoke to Jesus about what concerned them but only one appeared to listen and obey.  Do you have some concerns in your life?  Have you spoken to Jesus about them?  If you have, what did he tell you to do?  Are you listening and obeying?

James 1:22-25

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.  But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it-he will be blessed in what he does.

So what do you want?  A blessing or sadness?  The man at the pool received healing which was a blessing.  The rich young man went away sad because he did not want to do what Jesus advised him to do.  Are you wasting God's time by asking for his wisdom but then not following his instructions?  We are all "do -it- yourselfers"!  We have to ask God in order to receive a blessing but most importantly we have to obey God to see results.  Have you been asking him the same questions and waiting for a different answer because the answer you got was too difficult?  Thank God that he is very patient with us and continues to help us when we ask but if we don't do our part then we are just wasting our time and God's time.

Sometimes when my husband gets a difficult do-it-yourselfer, he will just ask the customer, "do you want my help"?  That gets their attention most of the time.  They realize that my husband is getting frustrated with them and usually they will be quiet, listen and most of the time will go away and do what he instructed them to do.   These difficult people most always will come back the next time they have a problem.  It is not always a pleasure to serve these difficult people who don't want to listen and do what they are instructed to do.  It is much easier to serve those who listen intently and go away and do what they are instructed to do.  What kind of do-it-yourselfer are you?  Are you easy for God to serve or difficult?  Think about that the next time you ask for God's wisdom on things that concern you.  I hope you receive a blessing and don't go away sad!  It's up to you!

Dear Jesus,

Thank you so much that you are willing to help me with all my concerns.  Thank you that I can go to you and you will listen to me and answer me and instruct me in the way in which I should go.  Thank you for never turning me away even when I am being a difficult person to serve.  Please help me today to be a doer of your word and not just a listener.  Help me to know that I can do all things through your strength.  Please forgive me for  the times that I have gone away sad and not listened to you and missed a blessing.  I want all the blessings I can get please remind me how important it is to listen and do your will.  I do want your help.  Help me not to waste your time and mine by asking for your help and then going away sad because I don't want to do what you tell me to do.  In your name Jesus I ask and pray, Amen!

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