Today’s Reading: Matthew 7:15-29 (additional reading: Psalm 9:1-12 & Proverbs 2:16-22)
Reporters and city officials gathered at a Chicago rail-road station one afternoon in 1953. The person they were meeting was the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize winner. A few minutes after the train came to a stop, a giant of a man – six feet four inches with bushy hair and a large moustache stepped from the train. Cameras flashed. City officials approached him with hands outstretched. Various people began telling him how honoured they were to meet him.
The man politely thanked them and then, looking over their heads, asked if he could be excused for a moment. He quickly walked through the crowd until he reached the side of an elderly black woman who was struggling with two large suitcases. He picked up the bags and with a smile, escorted the woman to a bus. After helping her aboard, he wished her a safe journey. As he returned to the greeting party he apologized, “Sorry to have kept you waiting.”
The man was Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the famous missionary doctor who had spent his life helping the poor in Africa. In response to Schweitzer’s action, one member of the reception committee said with great admiration to the reporter standing next to him, “That’s the first time I ever saw a sermon walking.”
In our text today, Jesus tells us it is not enough for us to say “Lord Lord” (in other words, attempt to offer worship). It takes more than expressions of worship to be pleasing to God. Without a “sermon that walks,” we have a dead religion. There are many Christians that feel that worship is “showing up on Sunday Morning” and going through the motions. 1. Singing the songs, 2. Taking Communion, 3. Listening to the sermon and so on, and so on. Now, these are all good things to do in worship but if our worship doesn’t lead us to have a “sermon that walks,” we might be present in worship, but we’re not worshipping. Our worship isn’t doing us any good. Jesus said, You know a tree by its fruits. You can tell whether you’ve actually worshipped, by the fruit it produces in you. So are we living what we preach? When you worship God through good deeds, you become a “sermon that walks”. When you and I do good works, we are not only expressing ourselves in worship of God, BUT, our good works will lead others to worship God.