“And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do.”
One of the most important aspects of life is following through. Every athlete knows the importance of following through. A pitcher must follow through after releasing the ball. A basketball player must follow through with their shot after releasing the ball. A golfer must follow through with their swing after the club hits the ball. The follow-through is often the result of the initial action. The follow-through is the key to making the initial action a success. It is always important to follow through.
In the Christian life, it is just as important to follow through. The children of Israel had great intentions, but they didn’t follow through. In the verse above, the children of Israel said, “All the words which the LORD hath said will we do.” The next verse shows that they even wrote the words down; however, you find a few chapters later that these same people were dancing naked around a golden calf. What caused them not to do what they intended to do? These people didn’t follow through with their intentions. You will never serve the LORD successfully if you don’t follow through with every intention. Three things are needed if you are going to make your intentions a reality.
First, you must be public about your decision. The children of Israel didn’t make a private decision, but they made it public by vocalizing their intentions and desires. One of the reasons there is an altar call after a sermon is because it gives the believer an opportunity to be public about their decision. You will never see your intentions become a reality without first making your decision public. A public announcement of your decision has a way of making you accountability to other believers. Don’t assume the mindset that you can make a private decision because the public decision, as uncomfortable as it may be, has a way of helping you to follow through with your decisions.
Second, you must make a mental reminder of your decision. In the next verse, Moses wrote down the decision these people made. You would be wise to write your decisions down as a way to remind you of what you told the LORD you wanted to do. I have found that following through with intentions will be adhered to more routinely when those decisions are written in a place that you regularly see. Seeing the written decision has a way of convicting you when you are tempted to do wrong. It also has a way of keeping the decision fresh in your mind to help you continue doing what you said you would do.
Third, you must follow through with action. These first two actions are important, but action is the key to making intentions become a reality. Israel intended well, but they didn’t follow through with action. Many intentions have been left at the altar because people didn’t follow through with action. Let me remind you that action is what gets you right with the LORD. Making public proclamations and writing them down is important, but action is the most important step to change. Action is the follow-through that makes the spiritual decision become a reality. If you are going to serve the LORD successfully, you must follow through with action. Let me encourage you not to leave your intentions at an altar, but follow through with action so they become a reality.