“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” James 1:22
During this weekends sermon our Pastor referenced James 1:22 when he said “It doesn’t matter what you know about truth if you don’t obey it.” Later in his sermon he said, “Our enemy doesn’t care what we know, he desires to keep us from doing.” I’ve been thinking about this since. And when I think about something for awhile, processing through it I know I am going to write about it.
You see this isn’t a new truth. It wasn’t one of those “light bulb” moments. Any student of the word of God knows that “the righteous, practices righteousness.” (1 John 2:29) They know that they will be “known by their fruits of good works.” (John 15; Col 1:9,10) But I wondered, in my search for knowledge of God have I neglected doing what He has called me to do. I have neglected to be obedient to the very word I love to study?
I am not speaking here of my individual calling, but the calling upon all believers. I am speaking of James 1:25-27 which says, “But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
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