“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
Have you ever tried to lose weight? There is no fast way to lose the pounds you acquire over a long time. Now some ways are faster than others but there is no way you will lose twenty pounds overnight. What is it about losing weight that is so hard? You can know all about losing weight but it won’t make a difference. It is difficult because you have to apply what you know one day at a time, each and everyday. Knowledge of the weight loss principles combined with the discipline needed to support your knowledge equals weight loss. James felt the same way with spirituality. There were all kinds of “spiritual” people in Jerusalem where James was head of the church. Christianity was young and many were calling themselves “teacher”. But James wrote about the great equalizer. You can teach all you want but if it doesn’t effect the way you live, what good is it? It is like a weight loss program that you won’t follow. What was James’ advise? It was simple, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Today, take the word of God that you know in your heart and apply it to everything you do.
Father, my mind is full of “knowledge” about Your word. Today, help me apply all that knowledge to everything I do. In Jesus name.
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