(1) 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). (2) Do Those Things: “Those things, which ye have both (1) learned, and (2) received, and (3) heard, and (4) seen in me, (5) 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. “A double minded man is unstable in all his way” (JS 1:8). 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!
Scriptures also warn of “these things” don’t do! “Now the works of the flesh are…these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness (indecent), Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance (inconsistent), emulations (egos), wrath, strife, seditions (rebelling), heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like (un-named so you can name them)” (Gal. 5:19-21). Warning! When you think and DO these things, you have remorse and regrets. Know God – Know Peace. No God – No Peace. Good News! You can only think one thought at a time. You become what you think. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7). Think then talk! THINK! Is it… True – Hurtful/Helpful – Impartial – Necessary – Kind. Think positive – unthink negative.
Note: There is a difference in dawdling – doing, postponing – performing, inactive – in action, and intentions – innovation. An ounce of innovation is better than a pound of intentions. Looking at cool water never quenches thirst. Smelling aromas never satisfy 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? Undone never hears, “Well Done!” Tomorrow is always one day too late. Illustration: Waiter to customer, “Is there something wrong with your soup?” Customer: “Taste it.” Waiter: “Sir, it is our best soup.” Customer: “Taste it.” Waiter: “All right, I will taste it, but where is the spoon?” Customer: “Ah ha!” No spoon – No soup.
You are accountable for both things done and things left undone (Rom 14:12). Undo your undones so you can hear, “Well done!” Do it means DO IT! Only doing, is doing, so DO IT! Think on these things – Do those things.