Text: James 1 (Esther 3-4)
James is one of my favorite books in the Bible. It is fast paced and practical, challenging and provocative. It reaches into our lives and calls us out and up. In today’s reading, James 1:25 spoke clearly to my heart:
But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
Today many of us will read in our Bible. Some will listen to a sermon on Christian radio or online. The Word will speak to us. We probably have expectations from our encounters with the Word. Maybe we expect to learn something new. Or perhaps we want to be encouraged or comforted or even to be entertained by a pastor’s stories or delivery. But this verse from James suggests that, when we read a text, when we hear one read, when we hear a sermon, we must ask and answer this question: “What must I do.” Doers of the Word don’t just listen and forget. They act. May the Word of God when it comes into our lives this day prompt God’s us to action. “Do something!”
in Him, Mike