“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these 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.” (Philippians 4:8-9)
We often talk about the wonderful admonition in verse 8: how it is important to think about the right things and to have those attributes in the forefront of our minds. However, the words of verse 9 often seem to be left out of the equation as Paul gives it.
You see, while it is a great and important call for us to think about the right things, it does us absolutely no good if we do not act upon those things. Many people have thought about doing what was right. They have thought about teaching someone the Gospel, making the right decision in a tough situation, or reaching out to help someone in time of need. But unless the steps are taken to put those things into action, all that thought is for nothing.
Paul emphasizes the two-edged importance of our focus as Christians. We must think about the right things, but we must follow that up with doing the right things as well.
Don’t just think, do.