More Than Talk
Today’s scripture selection: James 1-3
Key verse: James 1:22
My memory isn’t what it used to be.
But, at least it is not this bad:
Imagine looking at yourself in a mirror, then turning away, and immediately forgetting what you look like.
That’s a serious memory problem.
But that is how the apostle James explains an important spiritual principle.
He says that if you hear God’s word, but fail to do what it says, you are “like a man looking at his own face in a mirror. For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.”
On the other hand, “one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but one who does good works – this person will be blessed in what he does.”
It’s all about living a life of faith that is more than just talk. And it can be difficult to do.
How much easier it is to just compartmentalize our faith – listening to some scripture here; singing a few praise songs there; maybe even serving on a church committee – taking “our turn to serve” when called upon.
But to openly live out our faith commitment, day in and day out, whether it is in some “official” capacity or not – that can be tough.
Still, Scripture consistently promises that being “doers of the word and not hearers only” is a life that is ultimately rich and full and well worth the living.
Prayer: Lord, help me to remember that to which I am called in your name, and to your glory. AMEN.