Think on these things: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true…honest…just… pure…lovely…are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Phil. 4:8). Do Those Things: “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you” (Phil. 4:9). “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7). Note: Both your mind (think) and heart (do) must agree to have peace.“ Unstable – Unable! Not only DO it, but DO IT “heartily” (Col. 3:23). Note: The four (learned, received, heard, seen) are ineffective until the fifth is completed – DO IT!
Now let’s revise and reverse the wording: Finally brethren, whatsoever things are false, dishonest, unjust, impure, ugly, of bad report; if there be any vice…any pessimism think on these things. Those natural things you have learned, received, heard, and seen in others, do: and the godless life of strife, anxiety, stress, and division will be yours. Those who think of these things and do those things will be miserable and also make others miserable. Warning! You will have remorse and regrets when you think and DO these things. Note: A double minded man is unstable in all his way” (Jas. 1:8).So you become what you think. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7). Good News! You can only think one thought at a time, but don’t just think about it – DO IT.
There is a difference in dawdling/doing, and postponing/performing. An ounce of innovation is better than a pound of intentions. Looking at cool water never quenches thirst. Smelling aromas never satisfies hunger. Unsown seeds are unharvested. Unspoken words are unheard. Unwritten songs are unsung. Unsent cards are unread. Unwritten poems are uninspiring. Ungiven tracts are unsown. Ungiven gifts are unopened. Unpreached messages are unknown. Ungiven love is unfelt. Unfinished tasks are undone. What have you left undone? Tomorrow is always one day away.
Waiter to customer, “Is there something wrong with your soup?” “Customer: “Taste it.” Waiter: “Sir, it is our best soup.” “Taste it.” Waiter: “All right, I will taste it, but where is the spoon?” Customer: “Ah ha!” No spoon – No soup. No dones – No delights. You are accountable for things done and things left undone (Rom 14:12). There is no well done for undones. Do it means Do it! Only doing, is doing, so do it!
Think on these things – Do those things.