“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:22, ESV)
You have to love a man who flat out tells it like it is, and James is certainly that kind of man. His teaching is about as black and white as you can read it. But for the sake of over-teaching the message (grin) let me just elaborate a tad bit more on James 1:22-27.
Here’s the deal: It’s not what I don’t know; it’s what I know and don’t live. And it’s precisely the “what I know and don’t live” part that is keeping us stuck in our pits, held tight in our strongholds, captivated by our wants, and generally just repeating the same old habits we’ve always had.
We claim one thing, but live another. But the claim without the reality is meaningless.
Living the message is meaning-full: It brings us blessing (John 13:6-17); it brings stability to our lives (Luke 6:46-49); it makes us true family with Jesus (Luke 8:21); and it sets us free (James 1:25).
Not only that, but God sees us as righteous — living the right way, when we obey, live, practice and do His Word.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified” (Romans 2:13, ESV).
C’mon, sister, we can do this together! Let’s agree to stop just talking about it and really start living the Truth. Let’s agree to just do it, because…
…you are greatly and dearly loved by the King!
P.S. Here’s the definition of the Christian Life:
It’s the Life of Christ —
Reproduced in the believer —
By the power of the Holy Spirit —
In obedient response to the Word of God!
This article appeared originally on punkytolson.com.